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They’re in the jars and the freezer boxes too! Despite not quite enough rain and the early summer heat in the 100’s in June and July I was blessed with plenty to store for later. I really like the different colored tomatoes, each has it’s own wonderful flavour characteristics.
Color, color. Colour, colour!
Sampling of a day’s pickings including the Pink Brandywines which it turns out really are as big as the package picture! Quite the handful were these.
- Yellow Brandywines along with these red beauties.
I kept some separate by color, but also mixed several jars with all the different colors just because………
It was a good tomato year! It made me tired and very happy many summer days to put them away for the many uses we find in our always cooking kitchen.
Happy gardener in straw hat, glad to be all done with this year’s tomato crop, don’t you just love it when you take a fuzzy glary picture like this that reminds you of how young you are inside?
But still there are plenty late tomatoes for everyday fresh eating!
Pictures tell the story of how our garden survived a forty minute hailstorm with ‘only’ one inch stones and four inches of pelting rain. I woke at dawn to see what the after sunset storm had wrought. Thank God, it is manageable but, we had to replace some tomato plants and even planted a few more rows of butter beans and a few watermelon hills. It took a lot of shoveling and grading the driveway too. Now I know why I needed all the ‘extra’ tomato plants.
Driveway Shows Fury of Storm
Brandywine Tomato Plants Pelted, Pruned, and Put Low, but Most Still Live
Luckily, Cornstalks Still Stand, Though Leaves Are Quite Shredded
- Looks Like Four Inches of Precipitation to Me
- Thank God, the Leaf Pasted Roof is Fine
- Italian Flint Corn Askew, and Purple Hull Pea Row Pounded, while Two New Rows of the Peas with the Seed Peas Still on the Baby Pea Plants Took the Beating in Stride
- French Red Scallions and Garlics Witness Deluge
- Tomato Plant Bruised, Bent, and Branch Broken
- Muddy Prints, Some Deep Soaking but Garden Drained Well and Didn’t Have Much Standing Water
- Garden a Bit Disoriented but Still Green
- Gloves at the Ready, These Were Muddy Soon
- Greenhouse Holds Hope
- Tomato Reinforcements
- Tomato Plants, I Need You!
- Tomato Plants Left Out For Planting In Pretty Good Shape Despite Being Caught Hail (They Were Kind of Protected by Corn Row)
Back to the drawing board, as they say………..
Making enough tomato boxes for fourteen different varieties with at least half dozen of each means we need a lot of wood. We didn’t want treated lumber and the boards we could get from the major lumber suppliers was really too expensive. What to do? Since we live in the country we asked around and found a sawmill a few miles from us.
The sawmill has been run by two brothers ages eighty-two and eighty-six for the last forty odd years. These brothers are a wonderful working pair who get a great deal of enjoyment from being an important job for the community. There is no one in their family who is interested in continuing the mill after them which I think is a dirty rotten shame. But these guys are fabulous and provide raw lumber for whomever comes to their little sawmill located behind their house. The lumber is raw and uncured and odd sized, but it is wonderful for farm and garden needs for rough structures and fencing and tables and such like. Plane some of the older aged ones and you could get some finer projects.