The State of the Garden Report, Or, Half a Holy Guacamole



Sorry for the grainy picture. The lighting in the kitchen is suboptimal, and my camera, she has few adjustable bits.

I have more tomatoes than I had ever dreamed possible sans greenhouse. The Red Alert is as prodigiously prolific as promised. (Although the flavour is milder than I like, so I think I’ll be freezing these for use in sauces rather than eating them raw off the bushes.) The Sweet Million bushes have also produced oodles of fruit, but are taking longer to ripen. They may be felled by frost if they don’t hurry up. Or I’ll just have to look up uses recipes for green tomatoes.

Actually, I may look up green tomato recipes either way: the Red Alert is very prone to getting blown off the bush at any stage. So far I’ve been leaving the green ones under ripe bananas, and they’ve been mostly turning red, but a little dietary variety could be fun.

The ground cherries also tend to blow off the bush when not quite ripe, but they have been slowly and steadily ripening. After ravenously gobbling down my first few handfuls of them, I started a baggie in the freezer for them; I want to get a more quantifiable idea of how much fruit I’m getting off the bushes, and whether or not it’s worth them again next year. They take up so much room! On the other hand, I’ve never seen them in the grocery store, and they are incredibly tasty. So it’s grow them or never eat them again.

The snap peas are still producing, although far less this year than last (I think a combination of slugs and older seeds did most of them in), and the sunflowers planted on a let’s-see-what-happens basis are, miraculously, alive and blooming and not blown over yet. The very late cucumber plant has two cucumbers on it, and the fairy tale eggplants have produced four whole eggplants, with more on the way. So that’s miraculous.

There’s even another two peppers ripening.

On the things-less-vulnerable-to-cold front, the lettuce has more or less all bolted, but some wee baby greens are coming in and should be edible soon. Dunno how long they’ll last, but they’re under a rowcover, so hopefully I’ll have salad greens right through the first few frosts. Carrots, beets, parsnips and potatoes are slowly being pulled, so there are many roasty meals in my immediate future.

And just for fun, I gathered up about a litre and a half of crabapples. Last year I had a lot more–a handy hurricane blew them off the trees for me all at once–but today I just got the ones that had fallen down of their own volition. I assume more will be coming over the next little while.

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