November Tomato Update – a few left

p1100253Every week there’s a few more of the tomatoes ripening in the bag. When I see they’re almost ripe, I set them on the window sill so I can keep an eye on them.
Putting an  apple in the bag  with the tomatoes trick does work, but you need to keep checking them every couple days.
I can’t get over how pretty they are. I’ve only a few more November tomatoes left. It certainly has been fun having these volunteer tomatoes this late in the season.


November Tomato Update – tastes like

p1090285We ate the ripest four of the tomatoes. 20161113_042543They tasted like sun ripened tomatoes.
Since these 4 were mostly ripe before I bagged them, I figure
being outdoors was mostly responsible for the taste. 20161114_025343Some more of the tomatoes are mostly ripened now too.
I hope they taste as well as the first four.

The 12th of Nov, my husband looked under the cheesecloth covering the tomato vine and discovered several other tomatoes on the now dying vine. He picked them and brought them in. I’ve bagged them with an apple. Now I wait for them to ripen too.11-13-2016-novtoe2

I suppose this is the end of the gardening season for me.
It was fun tending to the volunteer tomato vine.

Wishing you all a pleasant week of sunshine & warm smiles.


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.



November Tomatoes

tomato1With the first cold night, I covered my volunteer Cherry Tomato vine with cheese cloth. Until Tuesday evening, I left the cheesecloth on the tomato vine 24/7. I checked the tomatoes and was delighted to see they’re turning. It won’t be long until we have some fresh tomatoes in November.tomato4I’m going to leave the cheese cloth half-off of the vine until the weather turns cold again.

I figured it up and this is the second year on the volunteer tomatoes in that small bed, so it’s a wonder that the vine grew healthy at all. I hope the tomatoes have a good taste to them.

I am beyond tickled about these November tomatoes.
What a rare treat they are.




Volunteer Tomato Plants, Squash Blooms, rosemary & 4th attempt at sweet corn

P1000061aMy Gnome garden has the nicest crop of volunteer tomato plants. The funny thing about these super healthy plants is that we dug-up and moved the soil. Filtered out roots and anything else we could see. We put down black plastic in the flower bed and then put the dirt back in it. Over time we set up the birdbath, rain-chain and gnomes. I then planted the flowers. After a while I went to weed the garden and found around a dozen tomato plants growing. I think it’s funny how they seem to be planted with some intention next to the flowers.
I believe the plants to be a large cherry tomato variety, but I won’t be 100% sure until they produce an edible fruit. The tomatoes plants I’ve planted in this garden in the past grew super tall and gangly… sooo I’m not thrilled that these may weave my gnome garden into a viney mess. P1000061bI realize that some folks would’ve just pulled them up and tossed them, but I can’t do it, I wasn’t raised that way. I was raised that a volunteer veggie/flower is a gift and should be tended too with as much, if not more, care as if you planted it yourself.
We’ve been discussing what to do with the tomato plants and have decided we’ll probably move them to the big garden sometime soon.

Even though I’ve enjoyed growing squash for years (and have written a book about it,) Until this year, I didn’t think to pay attention to if different squash variety blooms were noticeably different.
P1000036I suppose the golden egg squash bloom in the photo below could be folding in for the day or not opened totally, but I  think there may be a difference in the varieties. I’ll keep an eye on them and see. P1000031

Below is a couple of squash photos just
because I think they’re pretty.P1000033P1000029

P1010500My rosemary is growing beautifully in it’s pretty red container and protective netting. I’m surprised that it’s thriving even though I take it inside every evening.

This next photo is of my Husband’s 4th planting and last ditch effort to grow sweet corn. He’s tried different varieties of sweet corn, but the crows, turkeys and dry weather have prevented any success of the corn growing.
My husband re-tilled the patch and planted new sweet corn seeds and then strung fluorescent twine around, in and over the patch. He’s hoping it may deter the critters long enough for some of the seeds to grow.P1000049In the upper right side of the photo you can see a healthy patch of corn and wonder why (as I do) that it hasn’t been feasted upon yet. It’s a decorative corn variety with different colors of kernels.
My husband planted some asparagus beans in with the decorative corn. Asparagus beans are a new variety for us. They’re supposed to grow to be 14 to 30 inches long. We thought it’d be a fun bean to try to grow and eat. P1000045 My husband thinks it’s the decorative corn variety itself that has deterred the pests so far. I think he may be right. But I also think the deer may be saving it for when they have they’re babies and need some extra nourishment for their nursing fawn.
Whatever the reason for this grace period of growing, We figure that the corn and beans could be dined upon at any time. They’ve dined on our main bean patch so who knows what the deal is.
None-the-less, We keep calm and garden on. Maybe we’ll at least have one mess of corn and beans of some variety. If we don’t, it ain’t because my dedicated husband didn’t give it an all-star try.

Take care & have a great weekend of sunshine & smiles.