Monday, August 22, 2011

This Week's Pickings

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It's all about tomatoes again this week, not that I'm complaining. Lately I've been canning salsa and making sauce as much as I can to get our reserves back up. While it can be labor intensive at times, preserving your homegrown harvest is always deeply satisfying.

Aside from the tomatoes, I picked the last of this year's savoy cabbage and the first of our soybeans (edamame)and Poblano peppers. Despite the groundhog assault, I was able to get a fairly decent harvest from our early-sown bed of soybeans. I have two more that should be ready in a week or two.

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Another sign that the end of summer is fast approaching, I picked the first of our fall raspberries the other day.

22 comments:

  1. Wow, Tomato heaven this week! Yay for edamame! It's so good when fresh and not frozen.

    The raspberries look absolutely delicious. I think I reached toward my monitor, in hopes that you were really holding them out for me >_>

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  2. Wowzas...now that's what I call tomatoes! =0) I love your edamame. I'm still waiting for mine to produce pods. It's still green and leafy.

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  3. What salsa recipes do you use for canning?

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  4. Wow, those tomatos are gorgeous and I am totally jealous!!

    what do you use the savoy cabbage for?

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  5. Your tomatoes are perfect Thomas! Most of mine are a hot mess right now....but, they still make a great tomato puree! I guess that you have been really really busy putting up the harvests!

    I should be harvesting the first of my fall raspberries this week...yum!

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  6. Great harvest!! Looks like you will be busy preserving for awhile longer :)

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  7. Ok, I tried to leave a comment and lost it somehow...

    Anyway, I was saying that your tomatoes are beautiful, you have so many big ones! And thank goodness the ground hog didn't totally destroy your edamame.

    To respond to one of the comments you left me, we don't get rain here in the summer but we get fog almost evey night and I always have to contend with powdery mildew. This year I've chosen PM resistant cucumbers, but the zucchini and squash are already showing signs of infection. I've been cutting off the infected zucchini leaves and the squash isn't too infected yet. If the PM gets really bad before the squash matures or before I'm tired of zucchini I'll start spraying the plants with an extract of Neem oil - that stops the PM but you have to spray every week to 10 days to keep it at bay.

    BTW, how's the bread baking going? Have you got a good natural yeast starter going yet?

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  8. So many beautiful tomatoes!

    In the second picture, you have a few large yellow tomatoes with red bottoms - what type are those? They look very similar to Dagma's Perfection, which I'm growing this year for the first time, and I'm just wondering if that's what they are.

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  9. We ate about that many soybeans. :-D My kids adore them. I am thinking about them for spring. Beautiful tomatoes. I am always asountded by how perfect yours are!

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  10. Your pictures are always beautiful.

    Great harvest, too! I remember reading that you decreased the number of plants this year... Do you think you will be able to put up enough to last you until next summer?

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  11. beautiful harvest...love those raspberries..:)

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  12. If I had a tomato harvest like that I think I would wonder if I had died and gone to heaven! Wowza!

    Such a great variety of tomatoes you have grown too. Out of curiousity - how many tomato plants did you end up with this year?

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  13. In the garden has a good cultivation and crop during the session of tomato because there are good and healthy tomato because author has care more in this crop so that can be grow very healthy.

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  14. wow, the raspberries look good!

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  15. Wow, look at all that - just beautiful! Get as much out of that garden as you can and I hope that storm doesn't get you this weekend, it's not looking good for us :( What are you planning with your Poblanos? I've only gotten a few so far so I'm drying them but I'm hoping to get an armload before the storm hits, red or green!

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  16. So pretty. I love all the different colors. Right now I mostly have red tomatoes left. The others have been pulled because there weren't any little tomatoes on them and I didn't think even if they set more that they would have time to grow.

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  17. My goodness that is a lot of maters. How many plants did you grow?

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  18. Beautiful harvest, I don't have much luck with tomatoes this year.
    Hope you and your garden are safe from the storm.

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  19. Sarah - I primarily use Annie's Salsa recipe, which you can fine online on several gardening forums online. It's VERY good and the best I've found.

    Allison - we usually just saute the cabbage with some soy sauce and a touch of sugar. I don't like to do too much to our garden greens.

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  20. Michelle - nay on the natural yeast starter. :( I need to work on my commitment level.

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  21. Jess - the tomato is Gold Medal. The plants produce well and they are very tasty.

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