Here is what the garden looks like right now…
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.
It’s fun to think about all these things…now it’s time to make it happen.
Stay tuned to see what develops!
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 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.
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
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
Task two: trim briars that have migrated in to the garden and fencing
Task three: weed whacking fence line
Weed whacking perimeter
Task four: cardboard and straw mulch asparagus
Cardboard and mulch
Thanks everyone for an awesome day of work, food / drink and camaraderie! Go team!
Here’s what’s going on in the covered wagons out on the driveway…