It has been a crazy couple of weeks. Design projects have been very demanding of my time. Don't get me wrong; I am extremely thankful for the work I am granted. Just sometimes the hours necessary to hit deadline interfere with normal life.
In addition, we have been busy preparing our little homestead for winter. Wood has been stacked, woodstove cleaned, and chimney swept. Last weekend we gave the lawn its final mow and gathered a nice mix of shredded leaves and grass clippings for the compost bin.
Here on the homestead I have gathered blushing tomatoes daily to bring inside to finish ripening. Even though the weather was warmer than usual and the tomato vines kept going, I knew our frost-free days were numbered. Finally, this past week we have had several frosts that have ended the tomato dreams of taking over the world.
This week's harvest were mostly root crops. I wanted to try growing some different crops that could be used in soups, stews, and roasts. I experimented with growing celeric, salsify, and parsnip. These were harvested this week and roasted along with a chicken for dinner on Saturday.
Each could have been better served with a little longer growing time, but overall I was pleased with the results and want to grow again. I will be sure to give each more space in next years garden and plant them earlier to allow them to mature more fully.
This past week frost ended the tomato, pepper, and pole beans for this year. Overall, the tomatoes have produced very well for us this year. I have a freezer full of ripe tomatoes and I have also canned lots of salsa and tomato sauce. I still have a bunch of partially ripe tomatoes on the kitchen counter and in baskets. To tell you the truth, I am relieved that the tomato season is finally over. I need the break.
|The Last Tomatoes Harvested Before Frost|
|Juliet Produced Fruit Right Up to Frost|
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Be sure to visit Daphne’s Dandelions to see what others are harvesting this week.