The rewards are there, in the bowls of tomatoes I am still harvesting:
|Plum tomatoes from the south side of the bed|
|Cleaning up allows you to also pick all those tomatoes that have been hiding out of site. I also picked the rest of the sage and dried it in my food dryer ( on a low setting). Will be using that in stuffing and sausage the rest of the winter.|
There about 30 pounds of tomatoes left on the vines to ripen - I'm hoping the warm weather we have over the next few days will help. Picked about 20 pounds of paste tomatoes on Wednesday after work - which all went into the dehydrator.
The rain stopped for a bit last weekend - long enough for me to plant my garlic bed:
|Last spring this is where the potatoes and broccoli grew. But I am moving the location of those to another bed, so got this one ready for garlic.|
Ready for the garlic:
It is not supposed to rain for several days, so that give me time to finish mulching, get out the old corn stalks, cover up the silly tomato that took root in my carrot/pea bed, bring the dried herbs in from the shed, build a small storage area (root cellar) for our squash, build a winter shelter for Hitlers mistress, pick the seed beans for drying, pick the last of the grapes... I think you get the idea. When you are a gardener, there is a never ending list of things to do, not enough good weather to do it in, so you have to work fast in the fall to get it all done. Hmm, should probably seal those leaks in the gutters, winterize the faucets, start raking leaves, plant the blueberries, ....
|Picked the Chinese lanterns before the rains started; they are now drying in the shed.|
|One of today's projects - get the corn stalks and sunflowers stalks out of the ground.|