Monday, October 12

a fond farewell


Today I had to say goodbye to my beloved garden. We've been covering the plants at night, but this week, the nights are ALL going to be below freezing except one, so it's time. I picked the last of the fruit from the vines, and now I'll have to pull the plants up.

I'm sad - but only at my loss of tomatoes anytime I want them. Anyone know what to do with all these tiny green tomatoes??

8 comments:

Carrie said...

Wow, what a great bunch of tomatoes! We only got four tomatoes, the whole summer!! Next summer I am going to plant more than one plant. :D I have two green tomatoes that I am going to try frying . . . we'll see how it goes. Have you thought of pickling yours? I think my mom did that with some green tomatoes--I haven't tried any, so I can't say how they taste, but it's an idea. I'm sure you'll get some other ideas from someone who's more garden-savvy than me! :)

Mom and Dad Muth said...

Hi Jenny,

If you hang on to those green tomatoes, they will, I think, turn red and they will be okay to eat. That is, if they don't turn black first. Ha

Love, Mom Muth

Anonymous said...

Frugal Upstate has a recipe for canned fireball tomatoes. I've never tried it.
-Cindy

Shelley said...

you can fry them, you can let them sit on a towel and let them turn red over time, they can be made into a relish. My tomatoes that were green I let ripen on a towel then I juiced them.
Your tomatoes look beautiful.

Alicia said...

What a huge bunch of tomatoes!!! Like Carrie, we only about 6 tomatoes from our 3 measly plants this summer. :( I say put the green ones in the window sill and let them get some sun. That worked for me last year.

Rosemary said...

I had to look up how to ripen some of my tomatoes too. The article said to cover with a single piece of newpaper. (Somehow it traps the 'ripening agent'.) I laid them out like you have them in a single layer. It worked mostly... I only last a couple to black spots.
I miss my garden too - but spring will come :)

Kara said...

I was going to tell you what Rosemary did! My neighbor wraps hers up in newspaper and puts them in her garage. She swears to me that they do ripen. I gave her all my green ones!

Stephens said...

You could probably move to CA and have a longer growing season to enjoy your tomatoes. Hah! :-)