Sunday, October 19, 2008

Final Harvest

It's the middle of October and I'm still getting tomatoes. I can't believe how many tomatoes these plants produced. Since they're calling for frost tonight, I decided to pick all the remaining tomatoes off the vines. Look at how many were still on there:

I hope the green ones ripen, but I don't have much faith.

And because it's been awhile since I posted a photo of the cat:

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  1. the green ones will ripen if stored right. :) I remember from my child hood wrapping mature green tomatoes like yours in newspaper and storing them in a cool dark place... they'd ripen gradually and be useable for weeks after the first frost.

  2. Slice the green tomatoes, dip in egg and coat with a mixture of 1/2 cornmeal and 1/2 flour with some salt, pepper and garlic powder. Fry in a bit of oil and dip in a garlic horseradish mayo. Doesn't get much better than that!!

  3. The tomatoes will ripen and you could also do fried green tomatoes...OH YUM!!

  4. I think you're being urged to make fried green tomatoes. I loved that movie.

    I want some of your reds. I still hate that the good ones are gone from the stores now.

  5. I third the fried green tomatoes! Paula Deen has a great recipe!

  6. Wow! That's a ridiculous amount of tomatoes!!

  7. WildSeaKitten - Hmmm...I might try that idea, unless I end up doing fried green tomatoes. Thanks for the tip!

    Cathy - I did think of that, but I'm concerned because the tomatoes are very small. But I do love a good fried green tomato...

    Judy - Decisions, decisions!

    Melissa - LOL, I think so! I love that movie, too. :)

    John and Katie - Thanks for the tip!

    Katie - I know, isn't it crazy!?

  8. I'm seriously jealous of your tomato crop! I planted one lonely tomato plant just to give it a try this summer. I got three measly tomatoes that, honestly, were barely even worth eating. Small, mealy and tasteless. So disappointing. I'm determined to try it again next summer. Are there any gardening secrets you can pass on??

  9. Lisa - I'm so sorry to hear about your lackluster tomato crop.

    Honestly, this was my first year growing anything and I was shocked by the results. Everything seemed to flourish. I think part of it had to do with the amount of sun we get in my backyard (constant direct sun from sunrise to sunset), not overwatering the plants, container gardening so I could control the quality of the soil, and good luck picking hearty plants. I didn't do anything except water the plants, so I have no tricks to share.

    I hope you have better luck next year!!


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