Wednesday, August 27, 2008

August 27, 2008

Well, the weather's still bad, very Octoberish.  In August.  I recall in high school playing tennis at this time of Summer and it was 99 degrees.  Today it was 60 and rain with very few cloud breaks. It was dark at noon.

To top that off, this bug is lingering something fierce.  I have no appetite but food tastes good.  It doesn't sit well with me, but it tastes good.  I'm getting better but I still have no desire to eat my tomatoes.  And tonight was supposed to be the day I start to pickle.  Maybe tomorrow.  I need to get dill.

The good news is that the hand pollination job I did is paying dividends.  I've got a half-dozen pickling cukes coming along, but only one ready.  Of course I should be harvesting my two slicers that are almost a foot long.  Trouble with so few plants getting a determinate-like harvest is hard.

I've also got tons of beans that I am not sure I feel like eating.  I told my brother to come harvest them and either eat them or maybe save them up for possible canning this weekend. 

Oh yeah, and I was surprised to find some ripening tomatoes. In all this rain, they're ripening.

Anyway, this morning I read that potatoes should be kept dry to toughen the skins once they start to die.  The Yukon Golds are clearly dying and yet the rain keeps watering them.  Maybe I need to cover them?  Grrr. I'm so close and now the weather's not helping at all!

Enjoy your garden!


  1. I'm not sure if you've heard this before, but you can pull your tomato plants out of the ground, root and all, right before the frosts hit and then hang them upside down in a basement or garage. They will ripen over the next couple months and you can have home grown tomatoes up into November and December.

    I tried this last year at the suggestion of a coworker and it worked quite well.

  2. Thanks James! Great idea. Some folks I've talked to had heard of it but forgot. Others thought it was a great idea. I will definitely do that. The only problem I see is timing the first frost, hehe.

  3. Our weather has been very fall like as well, I have even seen a few tree's turning already. Scary sight! We are suppose to have a warm up from Saturday to Wednesday which I am very much looking forward to.

    Maybe you could blanch your extra beans, it is much easier then canning. Just put them in boiling water for a minute, then transfer to ice water to cool. Once they cooled down transfer them to kitchen towels to dry and then bag them and freeze them. Here is a link to Granny Millers blog, she goes through the whole process of preserving beans.

    Nice Tom's!