Mid-July I had received an email informing me late blight was in the area. (You can read the post here.) I decided not to use spray on my tomatoes. In last week’s post I showed how the blight had killed most of my tomato plants. On Monday night we picked all the tomatoes, ripe or not. Regardless of the blight I think it was a successful tomato harvest.
Can see a difference in the two pictures? You may notice a few tomatoes missing because we have been using them. Mostly, we have been canning this week. We made ketchup, Swedish Chili Sauce, and salsa.
I grew all heirloom varieties this year, and was impressed with their production. One new variety I grew was Mr. Razz.
Knowing little about these I was excited to see what the fruit would look like. My opinion is that it would make a very nice market tomato. It is medium-sized with a wonderful shape and flavor.
Last year’s big producer proved prudent again this year.
This is its ripe color. Not a deep red or purple just a faint, mellow color. These are really big tomatoes, typically about half or three-quarters of a pound.
All the heirloom tomatoes are meaty and are excellent for how we use them. I think both Mr. Razz and Pruden’s Purple would be great for slicing.
I am glad I picked all the tomatoes. I am not sure I can handle more tomatoes than we already have.
My volunteer sunflower is now facing down. Taking pictures today I notice someone has been enjoying the sunflower seeds.
Whoever has been eating my seeds certainly has done a good job.
This evening I will cut off the flower so I can enjoy a few of the seeds myself.
Mostly neglected this year have been my tomatillos. They require very little attention and are very productive. Inside their husk is their tasty fruit. I gently squeeze the husk to find out what size the fruit is inside. After I get enough, a delicious spicy salsa will be made.
Thinking about all the tomatoes spurred me to start some basil on the back porch. It looks really good so far. My plan is to try to keep the basil going as long as I can. I will probably bring it inside when the nights get too cold. I also have some cilantro and thyme started as well. The thyme seeds were several years old and have not germinated well. The cilantro is on the second planting which is going much better than the first.
What do you do to preserve your bounty? What do you grow in excessive amounts? What did you enjoy eating at your Labor Day picnic?
Enjoy this season, learn from last season, and look forward to next season.