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Doodads — Christmas in August

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 The first photo shows the latest batches of Pink Brandywine tomatoes picked, ripening on and near the eastern window ledge. I set one on a saucer so you can see how big they are. They are meaty tomatoes that do not cook into mush when used. This is the first year I’ve planted them outside of a fenced-in area – and some critter has been taking big bites out of the red ones. Remedy:  as they begin to blush, I pick them and let them ripen in the window. It works. The ones sitting on the box were dipped in a boiling water bath for 30 seconds then into an ice water bath this morning. It’s a breeze to peel them from there – but now what? I made a lovely marinara sauce with a batch earlier this week. Maybe salsa? Three of the five plants have given back so much from the tiny seeds they started from that I collected last year.

The two pepper plants that were bought from the greenhouse nearby have been amazingly prolific. This is just one of three batches like this I’ve picked so far and the plants are still covered with peppers. Thankfully no creature great or small has nibbled at them. Peppers go good in anything, fresh or sauteed.

Fruits sprung from seeds makes
it feel like a holiday –
Christmas in August


24 thoughts on “Doodads — Christmas in August

    1. Yummy yes fresh vegetables can’t be beat for health and flavor. Once they sprout, the tomatoes practically grow themselves. If you love delicious and vigorous tomatoes these are the ones. Next year will need a much better system of supporting the vines.

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    1. I have CSA twice, with two different farmers. There’s a wide variety in how they are operated. One (a small farmer) had a stall at the farmer’s market and it was “anything goes,” on the honor system and it worked very well. The other one (a large farmer) also had a stall at the farmer’s market but gave each shareholder a debit card and charged outrageous prices for the products.

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      1. The one we belong to is pretty good. At the begging of the year you buy a large share or small (we do small) and you can go pick up your basket at the farm, or for slightly more have it delivered, once a week. I think she does a farmers market as well, but the people who have shares get the “pick of the crop”. Several years back, this farmer worked with someone else, but he only contributed the left overs from the farmers market to the CSA, so she went on her own. We were in it then, and it is much better now that she is doing it by herself. One year we did one that used the debit card method, and it sucked… The first CSA in the US is actually in our town (two started the same year, but this is the only that is still in business, 35 years later). The waiting list for it is many years… We don’t bother, beignhappy where we are.

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  1. I planted plum tomatoes from seed. But I also got a small plant of Italian Slicing tomatoes from a local store. I think heirloom tomatoes taste so much better than what you can get in the store. My green peppers have gifted me with some very nice peppers too. As well as one yellow pepper plant.

    Yeah for the home gardeners!! I do have a netting around my raised garden. Once the fruit started coming and the squirrels started taking nibbles… that was enough of that!

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  2. Those are really nice tomatoes! Remind me of Beefstake Tomatoes. I do the same thing with my tomatoes… pick them orange and let them ripen to red in the house. Works very well. I had a bunch of nice Roma tomatoes, but their skins are a little tough for me when eaten raw!
    Love the haiku!

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      1. I put in steel fence posts and stretched dog pen wire between four post and planted tomatoes beside it. You can tie them to the fence or weave the new growth through the wire. Works really well for me.

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  3. Very nice! One of the few things both my parents had in common and seemed to pass on to me was a love of growing things. Sadly, this is the first year in many I’ve not grown any veggies but maybe get back to it next year. Tomatoes always a big part of that – usually had several types growing when I was in Ontario, seemed to always do best with cherry tomato varieties but I grew a number of types. Usually would have some hot peppers too, sometimes other bell peppers. down here I’ve usually tried to do the same but haven’t had as good results with the tomatoes- I think maybe the “good” growing season is shorter ironically… can’t plant TOO early due to risk of frost but it ramps up from coolish days to 100+ days quickly and when it gets that hot, seems hard for them to thrive no matter how much water is poured on.
    ENjoy that salad!!

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      1. Well, I’ve heard there is a late growing season too (probably plant now and harvest just before it gets real cool) but I’ve not tried that. Not a bad idea at all, but the big stores only carry the little starter veggies in late winter/early spring here. Though I expect some of the real nurseries would have them in stock at this time of year too.
        Have a good long weekend!

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