November Tomato Update – Harvest & ripening

toma1When the weather guy announced a high chance of a frost in the forecast, my husband harvested our tomatoes. He left a little of the vine on them as suggested by SalPal on my post November Tomatoes.
My husband left the main plant in tact and re-covered it with cheesecloth because it still has blooms and it may or may not die with this frost.

From many years of experience, my brother knows oodles about tomatoes: growing, propagating and ripening. He told me that one of the best ways to ripen tomatoes is in a paper bag or cardboard box with either a banana or apple in with them. The ethylene gas produced by an apple or banana helps the tomatoes ripen better. We agreed that a banana seemed like a possibly messy idea, so an apple seemed the best option.
The bag or box needs to be closed and put in a cool dark place and checked every day, if your tomatoes are at different levels of ripening like mine are.toma2We haven’t tried one yet. You can’t tell it from the photos, but the reddest ones are still bit under-ripe.

Regardless of the taste, it’s been really enjoyable watching the volunteer plant grow and produce in November. It’s been a rare treat and that in itself is worth the attention and care we’ve given it.

 

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Puppy’s got a brand new bag

7-2-2016-toolpupyMy husband brought home a new tool bag. When he set it on the floor, Sheli climbed in it like he was staking claim to the new bag.
My husband couldn’t resist picking the bag up to see if Sheli would stay in and I couldn’t resist taking a photo.
Sheli was quite content to stay in the bag, but quickly hopped out of when my husband set it back on the floor.

Pets gotta love ’em.

Blue Jean Water Tote

1-jeantoteI needed a tote for my water that I carry to the garden, on walks or short trips away from the house. I wanted  something simple that also had small pockets for keys and little things like that. I studied on it awhile and came up with a pattern using a pair of may husband’s old worn out blue jeans.

I cut off one of the legs and folded it, sewed the sides together and it made 3 pockets: 1 for water bottles and 2 for little things.
The other leg and rest of the blue jeans went for straps, flaps and stuff.
Once I got started on the project it went together quite well.
It’s not necessary for me to worry about insulating the water bottles to keep them very cold. We don’t like our water very cold.  I have enough room in the water pocket to wrap the bottles in a hand-towel to take care of condensation.

I didn’t make a tutorial for my jean-tote, but I did take alot of photos. lol
I’m pleased as peaches with my tote. I know it’ll be real helpful this Summer.

Do you have a special water tote you use for gardening, walks or short trips away from the house?

Do you have a favorite pattern for old worn out blue jeans?

Here’s wishing you all a great rest of the week.
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