Work

Putting the garden to bed

Here is what the garden looks like right now…

Bye bye beans

Bye bye beans

We stopped our plantings early in order to whip things into shape. The weeds were mighty this year, and rarely does Mother Nature cooperate in the spring to allow for proper bed prep (meaning spring showers mean little actual garden work).

We’ve a new design in mind for our raised beds and lots of hopes to make things better and more efficient for next year.

Tillage

Tillage

It’s fun to think about all these things…now it’s time to make it happen.

Stay tuned to see what develops!

Food preservation – quick option

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Cherries

We are grateful to have a tomato crop this season. The past two years, our plants have succumbed to blight. This season, the plants still had to content with excessive moisture, but they have yielded some delicious fruits despite the wet weather.

With the summer season winding down, it is time to be sure to preserve some crops for winter enjoyment. Winter is prime time for soups, stews and chilis, so having some tomatoes on hand is a plus.

We have a Foodsaver vacuum sealer. This affordable appliance is great for packaging items (such as tomatoes) for the freezer. You certainly can use Ziplock freezer bags…just be sure to get as much air out as possible to limit freezer burn and loss of quality.

Vacuum sealing tomatoes

Vacuum sealing tomatoes

Vacuum sealing helps to prevent freezer burn and rapid degradation of flavor and quality. To package the tomatoes, I just put whole fruits in the bag! It’s just that simple.

Sealing

Sealing

I do not blanch, core or remove skins. This winter, when I thaw these tomatoes, they will resemble stewed fruits. Their skins easily will come right off! No fuss or muss. It’s perfect for cooking.

If you’ve space in your freezer, freezing tomatoes is a quick food preservation alternative to canning.

Ready for the freezer

Ready for the freezer

 

Chores – last weekend of March

We had good weather and amazing help last weekend…so many thanks to our friends who came out and worked their butts off.

Task one – deer fencing taken down (going to flip it since some rodents have chewed a few holes…also plan to lay some plastic and mulch beneath the fence line to limit grass and weed access to the garden).

Deer fencing down

Deer fencing down

Deer fencing down

Deer fencing down

Task two: trim briars that have migrated in to the garden and fencing

Briars

Briars

Task three: weed whacking fence line

Weed whacking perimeter

Weed whacking perimeter

Task four: cardboard and straw mulch asparagus

Cardboard and mulch

Cardboard and mulch

Thanks everyone for an awesome day of work, food / drink and camaraderie! Go team!