Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Never too many ...


Cleaning up the "tomato patch" the other day yielded a couple batches worth of tomato sauce. I am determined next year to be more ruthless with my tomato plants. I let them run amuck this season. While we enjoyed plenty of juicy, snappy 'matoes, I sadly found so many more that had gone to waste because I never saw them through the thicket!

And now I'm waiting, waiting, waiting for several bowls to ripen. I prefer sauce to fried green tomatoes as I haven't had much success with recipes involving the latter. There's also some hanging outside, catching the fading warmth of a fall sun. I've had much luck ripening by keeping them in a bowl near the stove, where they absorb heat from several meals cooked each day.

When I wasn't picking through my tomato pile I managed to sneak away to the Fall Bulb and Plant sale at the Washington Park Arboretum. It was held over the weekend and through Monday. It was slim pickin's by the time I arrived yesterday morning, but I still walked away with about a dozen bags of bulbs: tulips, iris, dichelostemma, calochortus and triphyllum or 'Jack in the Pulpit.' I'll detail the varieties when I actually get them in the ground. I think with this latest purchase I have more than 100 bulbs to plant between now and November. Then there are some set for April and May ....

A little weed growing around the garden and that is keeping me quite busy. This was his first day of school. I think he tied in quite well with the garden!

17 comments:

Patsy Bell said...

I agree, there are never too many tomatoes, though I had a bountiful harvest. I have tomatoes simmering for sauce now.

sweet bay said...

I need to get out there and harvest the rest of my tomatoes. Frost is coming up soon! You've reminded me that it's time to put in the fall vegetables too.

persephone said...

Whew! I am NOT the only one who sort of let mine go!

I had them staked and twined around this bamboo and string contraption I devised, but they still went nuts and grew all over and around the thing until the tomato went full circle with the tip of the plants near tilting back into the dirt!

(I've just been too embarassed to post pics of mine, they are so much less pretty looking than yours!)

BTW, do you think that the flavor of green then ripened by heat tomatoes are less tasty than the "slow by the stove warmed and ripened" method?

Catherine@AGardenerinProgress said...

Wow your son has grown since we met him! He's so cute, did he start preschool?
I need to get out and pick some tomatoes to let ripen inside too, for some reason we didn't get as many this year as usual. Sounds like you've had a great crop.

The Intercontinental Gardener said...

I'm so envious of your bulbs; I really wanted to go to the sale, but somehow things got too busy. Now I have to order on-line, which is not half as much fun. I have to check up on what you are planting, I don't recognize some of the bulb names...

Ginger said...

How exciting about the bulbs!

I let the same thing happen to my tomatoes this year --- just this morning I had to compost two big black krims that had rotted on the vine because I didn't see them. Frustrating!!

Karen - An Artist's Garden said...

What a lovely little weed!
:)

I am looking forward to seeing more about your bulbs
I am planning on starting to plant mine this weekend.
K

EAL said...

Wow, that is a lot of tomatoes! I did not realize you could bring them all in green like that.

Jan (Thanks For 2 Day) said...

Your little guy is growing, and he's so cute! You've worked hard in your garden this summer! Congrats on so many tomatoes!

Aerie-el said...

My neighbor just told me that she was going to make apple-green-tomato pie. Have you ever heard of that, or made one? I hadn't.
What a cute weed, with the sweetest smile! Hope he's enjoying school!
Have a great weekend!

Matron said...

they do seem to ripen eventually, try putting a ripe banana next to them and the ripening hormones will help them along!

eco-pagan dirt worshipper said...

MMM. All those tomatoes look wonderful!

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Barbee' said...

Nice post. I wish I had some pretty weeds like yours. It would make life much more interesting :)

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Corner Gardener Sue said...

What a nice looking boy you have, and a gardener too! Your tomatoes are lovely, too. My tomatoes ripened, but I didn't get them all eaten or cooked with. Some are on their last leg, but I'm tickled that I've had tomatoes from the garden this late in the year.

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Corner Gardener Sue said...

Well, it looks like I've gotten caught up, and had seen your latest photo of the little guy. I bet he's grown since then.