So we picked the tomatoes a couple of weeks ago at long last, when I realized that they weren’t going to turn red on the vine. Then we got busy and forgot about the bowl full of small green tomatoes sitting in the fridge and they started to rot. It didn’t take long for them to begin to turn and I just didn’t get a chance to cook with them. Sad face!
I had plans to make fried green tomato halves, due to the size of the fruit, and I missed my chance to do it! But at least I grew a boatload of tomatoes fairly successfully this year! I have some plans for next year and some things I’m going to change about the way that we planted them and where so our results will hopefully improve a bit!
We have plans, now that my husband is back, to plant winter veggies like garlic, potatoes and onions and expand our garden, giving everything plenty of room and sunshine (as necessary) to grow. Who knows what we will make!
What about the peppers and squash? Well, they are growing! The butternut squash are starting to come in, the flowers are wilting away to little striped bulbs that are steadily growing wider and longer as the days go on. I have plans for soup and risotto once they grow-up! Those I wont let rot before I get a chance to cook with them! I promise myself that!
The peppers are all starting to come in and turn red, as they should. It’s pretty good, a bit late, but great to have them now. I don’t know what we will do with them quite yet, possibly they will be dried or preserved in oil for future cooking projects. I can’t wait! I have been a little bit obsessed with Indian food lately, I’m sure I can incorporate them into that. That would be nice!
Next year, we are going to plant a variety of brussel sprouts, greens, beans, radishes, carrots, tomatoes, corn, beets, and some fruit. Our strawberries really took off this year and since I didn’t keep up with the weeding, the spiders and other bugs got to enjoy them before I noticed they were ripe, but next year, we will get to them first! It’s pretty exciting though! The garden is looking good for next spring. We are also putting in some nice flowers, like tulips, daffodils, and lilacs that will hopefully come back in year after year – even if we wont be able to enjoy them after we leave here, the next tenant can!
Oh and where we had planted last years potatoes had become overgrown since we saw the flowers bloom but didn’t harvest them and while we were out working the ground, we managed to come up with a box full of potatoes! We just have to make them into something… but what?