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The Tomato Season Arrives at Last! Gardener’s Journal – 8/3/11

Tomato season is upon us at last!  Those really red & ripe ones are sooo delicious.  The Early Girl variety I tried for the first time this year did start ripening first, but only by a couple of days, so now I have Amish Paste, Marinara and Early Girl’s coming fast but not too furious as yet.  We had some sautéed in butter for breakfast at the weekend – exquisite!  I made a Kale frittata to use up some of the kale and leftover potatoes – that was pretty good, I haven’t mastered that kale cooking quite yet – but it is extremely good for you and very easy to grow, it is a must!

The peaches are ripening up nicely – unfortunately they are covered in bacterial spot and the stones don’t look too good – not sure if that is disease or insects, however we tried a couple of unripe ones the other day (after grilling) and they were super sweet – so I think they will be OK to eat – just not that great for snacking on prior to surgery! A quick internet search revealed that peaches do not ripen off the tree, so more patience is required.  My twin sister is leaving to go back to the UK next week though, so hopefully they will be ready before that.

I sowed most of my fall/winter vegetables late last week – turnips, swede (rutabaga), arugula, kale, spring onions, beets and romaine lettuce (I keep trying to sow lettuce throughout the summer but I’m not having much luck so far – I even refrigerated some of the seed but it still refused to germinate).  My brassicae (cabbage, brussel sprouts, broccoli & cauliflower) seedlings are looking a bit pathetic – they are in the cold frame, I’m not sure whether their poor state is due to the heat or the fact that I have them shaded too much or could be due to something else entirely.  Who knows.  Maybe I will uncover them and see what happens – I may end up buying some seedlings otherwise.

I am in the process of building a new raised bed near to my deck – I am planning to put overwintering vegetables in it, so I’d better get on and finish it soon so I can sow them in time!  I am using concrete blocks to frame it out and will cover it with both row cover and plastic to see if I can get the temperature to stay near freezing in the middle of winter.  It is an experiment worth doing I think – lettuce in the middle of winter would be rather nice don’t you think?  I am also getting my winter storage sorted out – I am having someone dig me a hole big enough to bury a galvanised trash can to store root vegetables in – another experiment!  Stay tuned for exciting results (hopefully not too mushy!).

It is raining tonight, which is good – I have been watering the last few days – it always pains me to use our precious treated tap water for the garden, I do have rain barrels set up but they don’t capture enough for the whole garden.   Must do something about that…

August 4, 2011 at 1:24 am Leave a comment


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