Forty-one bottles of tomatoes on the wall and if one should happen to fall….. who cares. I’m exhausted. I’m done. I had one last long push and I finally delivered a home to all of my tomatoes.
- Some were made into chili / salsa.
- Some were dried in the oven and frozen.
- Some were dried and stored in jars with olive oil
- Some were just frozen whole and stored in plastic zip-lock bags.
- some were given away to neighbours
- Some were roasted with other vegetables and turned into pasta sauce using lighlycrunchy’s wonderful recipe http://lightlycrunchy.wordpress.com/2012/08/21/tomatopalooza-continues-oven-roasted-tomato-sauce/
Yay! I’m done, done, done. My first vegetable garden ever was a huge success this year. How is that possible you ask? It was a new garden so I didn’t inherit a lot of old weeds. I added lots of 2011 kitchen compost waste, I mixed in six inches of mushroom compost and I watered it with a soaker hose during the driest months of June/July. I also laid down mulch. Who knows for sure why I was so lucky but we had tomatoes coming out of our ears. Hundred and hundreds of them. It was a very rewarding experience for me.
My thoughts are now turning to the future. My 2013 garden. I am thinking of all the things I did wrong this year and planning on improving things next year. Next year I won’t plant as many tomato plants. I had 24 this year. I won’t plant any yellow pear tomatoes and ground cherry tomatoes. (yuck!) My plants were too close together this year and they over powered my carrots and beets. Next year I won’t mixed in flowers with my vegetables.
In preparation for next year’s perfect vegetable garden I have already started to collect seeds. When I have a tomato or hot pepper which is nice looking and good tasting I slide a few of its seeds directly onto 3″ x 4″ cut up slips of wax paper. I don’t worry about the juice because it dries up in just a day. Once the seeds are dried, I slip them into labeled paper envelopes, to be stored over the winter. I have already started to collect my favourite flower seeds too (ie zinnias, hollyhocks)
In preparation for next year’s perfect garden I went to a tomato test taste today. No kidding. It was too cool! Over at Vicki’s Veggies on Morrison Point Road they offered this wonderful opportunity to taste test over 100 varieties of heirloom tomatoes and then purchase a quart or pint of the tomatoes I liked. They had all the different tomatoes laid out on a long table. Armed with toothpicks, I just went through the line sampling and taking notes. http://www.vickisveggies.com/Home.html
I picked up five varieties: Tegucigalpa, San Marzano, Bonnie Best, Rose de Berne, and Ludmilla’s red Plum. Some of best for canning and sauces and some are best for eating in salads etc.
Vicki’s Veggies is still offering the tomato taste test tomorrow. (Sunday Sept 2nd) They only charge $2.00 for the experience. I highly recommend attending if you are in the area. It was both fun and educational.