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Wednesday, August 17, 2022

Finally turning...


Mid-August. After a week of more moderate temperatures than we've had all summer, the tomatoes are finally ripening.  So excited!

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  1. I get excited when the tomatoes start to ripen too. That, and lovely new baby potatoes served with butter and pepper. My idea of heaven!

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    1. Oh my... that does sound heavenly. I'd like a side of steak beside that. please. :)

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  2. Oh! I can almost taste the tomato sandwiches!!!!

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    1. Now that's something I've never heard of, Billie Jo. Hmmmm

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  3. They're lovely. Bit of basil, bit of mozzarella, perfect. Caprese salad!

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  4. homegrown tomatoes are so good! Blessings!

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    1. They are, aren't they! Thank you, Elizabeth.

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  5. Oh you folks are in for a treat. I have a row of tomatoes ripening on the windowsill. Not grown by me, but homegrown.

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    1. Homegrown are the best. I've enjoyed a couple of slicing tomatoes already and yes, they are a treat. :)

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  6. How lovely they look! Of course with tomatoes you are always glad to see them ripen on the vine and then all of a sudden they ALL ripen and keep on growing and you are drowning in tomatoes ... and it is “oh, no, not more!” Hahaha! But it is such a lovely problem to have. :-)

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    1. I'm hoping to can most of the Romas, and since they are all supposed to ripen at around the same time, I'm thrilled at that thought since it takes a lot of tomatoes to make it worth the effort to process them. I will probably end up freezing what I can't use up fresh (or add to the Romas when canning) of the slicing tomatoes. The slicing tomatoes may tend to ripen over a longer period of time - as I understand.

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  7. We are really in the best season for our gardens right now. Next year I need to put down some of that black stuff you have to prevent weeds from growing.

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    1. That garden fabric has been nice to have. It was a little pricey, but it was wider than I felt the aisles between the plants needed to be, so I cut it narrower and was able to save a bit of expense that way. The only negative thing was that early on when the garden was really wet, I sunk down into a spot where I stepped onto the fabric and once it dried, it created a little "crater" under the fabric that I have had to be aware of so that I don't step into it crooked and twist my ankle. Had I felt better when that happened, I'd like to think I would have unfastened the fabric and fixed the soil underneath it. The question is... now that I do feel like I could probably do that kind of digging... will I? Another thing I've done is spread straw in some areas where we didn't put down fabric (like where I put the trellises for the cucumbers) and under the tomato plants. Honestly... between straw and the fabric I'm torn between which I think is the better choice (both in terms of their effectiveness, and cost). If we caught our grass when mowing, and depending on what chemicals we treat it with, I'd use grass clippings, too.

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  8. Mine are finally ripening too. I learned why they weren't from your blog. I have LOTS of them still green, but I know eventually they'll be nice and ripe.

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    1. I'm finding some of my Romas have a hard white core even though they are entirely red. I'm wondering if this is because of all the intense and sustained heat we had this summer, or if I'm cutting into some before they're fully ripe. I have some on the counter ripening still, so maybe I'll be able to determine the answer to that in a few days.

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