Yep, it’s finally the end of the season. I’m watching the birds eating crabapples, and turkeys wandering across the yard. Everyone is packing it up for the season.
I picked the last of the tomatoes. Green ones for goaties! We’ve had a couple of nice pasta dinners with fresh tomatoes chopped up with basil and cheese. Yum! So I guess I’m ready to say goodbye.
When your plants look as bad as this one–you’re ready for them to go. I took them all out, and put them on the burn pile. Of course the burn pile is now in a goat paddock, so anything remotely edible is gobbled right up. I didn’t think goats should eat tomato plants, but they seem to enjoy nibbling them. They’ve also had a heyday eating the squash vines (who likes those? no one I thought!)
At any rate, we’ve got our last fall lettuces and peas in, and enjoying the dahlias in full bloom!
Filed under: favorite plants, gardening, goats, it lives!, the yard, tomatoes | Tags: abalone pearl, gardening, peony, spring, strawberry
Yes, so in the end spring decided to arrive. Abalone Pearl is the first of the peonies to open. So pretty!
It’s been a busy time for us, but we did get the tomatoes in. This year, most will be in the front yard bed where the crazy pumpkins were last year.
New this year is a resting spot in the garden. I bought this chaise at the end of the season last year, and it’s a nice place to recover! Right next to the rosa rugosa, and the nice strawberry flowers.
Everyone is working really hard –the goats eating new shoots as fast as they can, and we’re also weeding like crazy trying to get ahead of the game.
Roppongi likes to stick close to the fence while we’re weeding–she really appreciates all the good stuff we throw over at her. 2 foot tall dandelions yum!
It’s a beautiful time of year here and we’re so happy to be back outside!
Filed under: dahlias, gardening, tomatoes | Tags: dahlias, fingerling potato, first frost, melonette de jaspee vendee, pumpkin, thanksgiving, winter luxury
They’ve been giving us freeze warnings for the last two days. But as of Tuesday the 8th October, we’re still good to go. We did go out and do a big harvest in preparation, which resulted in a really pretty assortment of dahlias!
Filed under: farm, the yard, tomatoes | Tags: fence, garden fail, groundhog, pest, portrait, protection, tomato, varmit
Yep still loving the game cam. Check out this fantastic portrait of a tomato eater!
We’d just put up an emergency tomato protection fence, inside of the fenced lower garden area. As you recently saw, all kinds of wildlife frequent this entirely fenced area!!! ARGH. So, emergency fence went in around the tomatoes.
The night before this photo, I saw that there were new half eaten tomatoes inside this new fence–so alas, I guess he’s actually thinking–now which one was it that I liked best?
Great shot though. Look at his deft little hands. Sheesh.
Filed under: farm, gardening, tomatoes | Tags: garden pests, racoons, skunks, tomatoes
Sheesh, another year another chance for the wildlife to show us who’s boss. They’ve been out in full force, eating my tomatoes, and shearing my yarrow. I’ve been asking the doode to reinforce the fence with some buried chicken wire. Doode set out his trap and waited. A few coons were caught, but still the damage continued. But no, instead we plug up the holes the unknowns dig under the fence line with logs and bricks and sticks. The next day–logs are moved and tomatoes are shorter!!! ARGH!! Rather than do the hard labor, doode went for another tactic. Reconnaisance. Yep he bought a game cam. Hooked it up and pointed it at the trap and the hole in the fence. The next day we reviewed the pics:
AYE?! Can’t believe what a superhighway this part of the yard is. Sheesh, it’s amazing we have anything left growing out there!
Next day doode turned the camera so we could see along the garden. This time we got both coons in the shot:
Somehow they seem like they’re mocking us. Check out this one:
Sheesh. Just a reminder of how much goes on when the sun goes down!
Filed under: gardening, tomatoes | Tags: black krim, cherokee purple, green moldovan, ilini star, japanese black trifele, marzano, paul robeson, woodle orange
Ah tomatoes 2011. Another interesting season. After last year’s crazy canning compensation (for 2009 tomato blight bust) we toned it down. And planted only about 15 plants. But another year another trouble. This year the plants look AMAZING. The fruits on them are AMAZING too. The biggest most unbelievably huge tomatoes we’ve ever grown.
So what’s the problem you ask?? Well, they’re late. We had our first tomato dinner well into August, which is unusual. And the crazy heat wave this year might have impacted the ripening of some of them. Green shoulders that kind of thing. But the biggest problem this year–animals. Sigh. Over half the crop–I reach down through the leaves to the ripe tomato, and UGH–it’s half eaten. Sigh. I throw it over the fence. Chickens love that. I do not!!