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Re: Gardening tomatoes, herbs, and some veggies for 2012
« Reply #425 on: September 28, 2012, 09:25:44 AM »
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Re: Gardening tomatoes, herbs, and some veggies for 2012
« Reply #426 on: September 28, 2012, 09:30:47 AM »
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Re: Gardening tomatoes, herbs, and some veggies for 2012
« Reply #427 on: September 28, 2012, 10:00:45 AM »
Yes, it's a sad time of year for the garden. I just pulled the tomato plants from the community garden and composted them. The plants at home are still producing a little. I think we messed up with the basil. I thought my wife was going to harvest it for pesto, but that didn't happen and it's looking pretty pale and sickly now.

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Re: Gardening tomatoes, herbs, and some veggies for 2012
« Reply #428 on: September 28, 2012, 10:28:11 AM »
Yes, it's a sad time of year for the garden. I just pulled the tomato plants from the community garden and composted them. The plants at home are still producing a little. I think we messed up with the basil. I thought my wife was going to harvest it for pesto, but that didn't happen and it's looking pretty pale and sickly now.

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Barry,

I agree that it is a sad time of the year.  The growing part is fun, but then you have to pull out all the stuff and no more fresh stuff until next year.  I am going to try and take some of my basil and root it to try inside.  I did have luck with that the other year.  I just took some sprigs and put them into water until roots developed.  The basil wasn't as good as when it is grown outside, but was okay for inside basil. 


Glad to hear your plants at home are still producing a little.  :) I might have enough tomatoes for one more batch of Les's sauce to freeze.  This past week it went down to 40 degrees F during one night.  As soon as the first frost hits, then everything dies.   

I don't know what to do with my peppers, but might Google to see what to do with them.

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Re: Gardening tomatoes, herbs, and some veggies for 2012
« Reply #429 on: September 29, 2012, 05:43:05 PM »
I still have a TON of tomatoes on my plants, and they are not turning green.  I may have to turn to the paper bag trick, I suppose.

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Re: Gardening tomatoes, herbs, and some veggies for 2012
« Reply #430 on: September 29, 2012, 06:30:32 PM »
Our harvest has finally hit - 92 lbs of tomatoes picked last night, and that wasn't nearly all the ripe ones, just all we could handle in one night!  That's a 70 quart muck bucket.  Been slow-roasting batches all night and all today, and put 10 quarts in the freezer raw for cooking later.  By tomorrow we'll be caught up and ready to pick more...  Now what to do with the lbs of Serrano chiles that are way too hot for eating...?

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Re: Gardening tomatoes, herbs, and some veggies for 2012
« Reply #431 on: September 29, 2012, 07:56:16 PM »
I still have a TON of tomatoes on my plants, and they are not turning green.  I may have to turn to the paper bag trick, I suppose.

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I didn't try the paper bag trick, but did wrap some tomatoes with newspaper the other year.  Only some of the green tomatoes turned out really red.  Did you ever try the paper bag trick before?

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Re: Gardening tomatoes, herbs, and some veggies for 2012
« Reply #432 on: September 29, 2012, 07:59:19 PM »
Our harvest has finally hit - 92 lbs of tomatoes picked last night, and that wasn't nearly all the ripe ones, just all we could handle in one night!  That's a 70 quart muck bucket.  Been slow-roasting batches all night and all today, and put 10 quarts in the freezer raw for cooking later.  By tomorrow we'll be caught up and ready to pick more...  Now what to do with the lbs of Serrano chiles that are way too hot for eating...?

Robyn,

92 lbs. of tomatoes to deal with all at once is sure a lot!   :o  Looks like you did a great job!  ;D

Steve also gave me some really hot peppers and I sure don't know what to do with them.  I am not a fan of really hot peppers, but do want to use them in some way.  If you come up with any ideas for your Serrano chilies, let me know what you do.

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Re: Gardening tomatoes, herbs, and some veggies for 2012
« Reply #433 on: September 29, 2012, 10:47:04 PM »
I didn't try the paper bag trick, but did wrap some tomatoes with newspaper the other year.  Only some of the green tomatoes turned out really red.  Did you ever try the paper bag trick before?

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I use the paper bag trick whenever I want to ripen tomatoes (and other fruit, too). I think putting them in a paper bag (and trapping some air in the bag with them) works much better than wrapping in newspaper... it allows the ethylene that they release to concentrate, which is what speeds up ripening (at least that's my understanding). If you really want to speed it up, put a ripe banana in the bag with the tomatoes (bananas kick off a lot of ethylene).

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Re: Gardening tomatoes, herbs, and some veggies for 2012
« Reply #434 on: September 30, 2012, 07:56:54 AM »
I use the paper bag trick whenever I want to ripen tomatoes (and other fruit, too). I think putting them in a paper bag (and trapping some air in the bag with them) works much better than wrapping in newspaper... it allows the ethylene that they release to concentrate, which is what speeds up ripening (at least that's my understanding). If you really want to speed it up, put a ripe banana in the bag with the tomatoes (bananas kick off a lot of ethylene).

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Barry,

Thanks for posting that the paper bag trick worked for you.  ;D I am going to try and let my tomatoes ripen naturally until I hear there is going to be a frost and then try the paper bag trick.  I usually have bananas on hand, so I could try that too with the paper bag trick.

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Re: Gardening tomatoes, herbs, and some veggies for 2012
« Reply #435 on: October 12, 2012, 01:18:22 PM »
Well, there is a freeze warning in our area for tonight so I picked any leftover tomatoes that looked good enough to be picked.  I also cut some basil to try and root and grow inside.  I picked other basil to make pesto.  I guess tonight will be the last night of my garden for this year.   :(

At least the tomatoes made another 2 quarts of Lesís sweet sauce.  My tomatoes were very varied in color that I used in making Lesís sweet sauce, so the finished sauce has some chunks of lighter tomatoes, but it still tasted good.  I also changed tomato products this time because I didnít have any 6-in-1s at home, or any Classico tomato products.  I used Red Pack Whole Tomatoes for this batch of Lesís sauce. 

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Re: Gardening tomatoes, herbs, and some veggies for 2012
« Reply #436 on: October 12, 2012, 02:29:01 PM »
Looks delish!  :chef:
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Re: Gardening tomatoes, herbs, and some veggies for 2012
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Re: Gardening tomatoes, herbs, and some veggies for 2012
« Reply #438 on: October 13, 2012, 08:19:47 AM »
Well, the weathermen were right.  There was frost this morning and that is the end of my garden until next year.

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Re: Gardening tomatoes, herbs, and some veggies for 2012
« Reply #439 on: October 13, 2012, 10:42:55 AM »
Don't forget to renew your sticker next month Norma.... :angel:
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Re: Gardening tomatoes, herbs, and some veggies for 2012
« Reply #440 on: October 13, 2012, 05:41:42 PM »
Don't forget to renew your sticker next month Norma.... :angel:

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Thanks for reminding me, but that is my daughters car, so she will have to worry about getting her car inspected.   ;D

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Re: Gardening tomatoes, herbs, and some veggies for 2012
« Reply #441 on: October 14, 2012, 09:39:15 AM »
Bob,

This is a picture of the little albino pumpkin you asked about on my Sicilian thread.  As can be seen it didnít grow much from the last time I posted a picture of it.  This is also a picture of some leftover basil that was hit by the frost and how it looked after one day.  The frost is killing all of my annual flowers and most of everything else in the garden.  There are a few peppers that are still okay that I will pick today.  Time to pull everything out of the garden.  :( 

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Re: Gardening tomatoes, herbs, and some veggies for 2012
« Reply #442 on: October 14, 2012, 10:48:49 AM »
Yeah, he sure didn't grow up did he. Looks about like the year I tried to grow watermelon and cataloupe here...got about as big as my fist and then just stopped.  >:(
I hope your basil you have going in the house works out for you Norma. I have quite a bit here and was thinking about doing that freeze into icecubes trick with them before our first frost comes here in NC.
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Re: Gardening tomatoes, herbs, and some veggies for 2012
« Reply #443 on: October 14, 2012, 12:07:06 PM »
Yeah, he sure didn't grow up did he. Looks about like the year I tried to grow watermelon and cataloupe here...got about as big as my fist and then just stopped.  >:(
I hope your basil you have going in the house works out for you Norma. I have quite a bit here and was thinking about doing that freeze into icecubes trick with them before our first frost comes here in NC.
Thanks for the pics.  :chef:

Bob,

Nope, that little pumpkin sure didnít grow-up.  There were so many problems with those beetle bugs and I kept spraying with Neem, but I have no idea why the little pumpkin didnít grow much.  There were many flowers on the pumpkin vines, but no other pumpkins grew.  I never had any luck in growing watermelons or cantaloupes either. 

Two years ago I did have luck with cut basil growing in the house, but didnít bother last year.  I didnít freeze any of the basil, but did make some more pesto.  Good luck with your basil in you decide to freeze it in the ice cube trick.

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Re: Gardening tomatoes, herbs, and some veggies for 2012
« Reply #444 on: October 19, 2012, 06:08:08 PM »
A month on from planting out the glasshouse.  Plenty of fresh parsley and oregano already, still a ways to go before the tomatoes are taller than the herbs!

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« Reply #445 on: October 19, 2012, 06:25:38 PM »
Looking good, Double D. It's great to see someone starting up when we're in the process of putting our gardens to bed in this part of the world. One thing I'll be interested to see is how much working space you'll have when everything grows. It looks like it might get a bit cramped. Keep posting pictures.

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Re: Gardening tomatoes, herbs, and some veggies for 2012
« Reply #446 on: October 19, 2012, 07:45:25 PM »
A month on from planting out the glasshouse.  Plenty of fresh parsley and oregano already, still a ways to go before the tomatoes are taller than the herbs!

dylandylan,

Looks like all of your plants are healthy.  :)  I would like to see more pictures of your garden as it progresses too!

I am down to oregano, spearmint tea, chives and some parsley.  The frost already killed my other plants. 

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Re: Gardening tomatoes, herbs, and some veggies for 2012
« Reply #447 on: October 19, 2012, 09:21:12 PM »
Looking good, Double D. It's great to see someone starting up when we're in the process of putting our gardens to bed in this part of the world. One thing I'll be interested to see is how much working space you'll have when everything grows. It looks like it might get a bit cramped. Keep posting pictures.

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Re: Gardening tomatoes, herbs, and some veggies for 2012
« Reply #448 on: November 17, 2012, 05:12:08 PM »
Another month gone, and the tomatoes are just starting to creep up past the herbs.  Loads of flat leaf parsley, oregano and cilantro being picked at the moment.  Not sure if the basil will really take hold, the nights just get too cool for it I'm suspecting.   Not sure that I'll be picking tomatoes for Christmas either, although a couple of plants are beginning to bud.

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Re: Gardening tomatoes, herbs, and some veggies for 2012
« Reply #449 on: November 17, 2012, 10:37:56 PM »
Another month gone, and the tomatoes are just starting to creep up past the herbs.  Loads of flat leaf parsley, oregano and cilantro being picked at the moment.  Not sure if the basil will really take hold, the nights just get too cool for it I'm suspecting.   Not sure that I'll be picking tomatoes for Christmas either, although a couple of plants are beginning to bud.

dylandylan,

You garden looks beautiful to me!  ;D  Thanks for posting a picture and telling us what is growing.  Since it is colder in our area it is interesting to see what a nice garden looks like now.

Norma