Thursday, October 8, 2009

Extra Cover

Wow, this picture looks kinda spooky. No these aren't garden specters. You're looking at floating row covers on our remaining tomatoes and the new beds of greens and root veggies.

Cold temperatures at night mean a little extra insulation is in order.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009


There are a few tomato plants left in the high tunnel. And those poor plants have been feeding the voles. Oooo, those are beastly creatures.

Beastly vegetarian creatures no less. And clearly, their mothers never taught them to finish their plates. It's just a little snack from here, and another from over there.....

The problem we are up against is that these rotten animals may decide to winter in the high tunnel. And that will pose big, big problems for our fledgling greens this fall and next spring.

Feeling a bit like Mr. McGregor, only my pests aren't dressed in cute little blue jackets. Beatrix Potter anyone?

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Green Tomatoes

Most of the tomato plants have been pulled and are ripening inside the Extension offices. I hate tomatoes that ripen indoors. Oh, wait, it's not good to hate. I really, really, really don't prefer tomatoes that ripen indoors. Sooo not the same.

Bill says they beat the rubber tomatoes available in the supermarket come February, but honestly, truly, I beg to differ. The don't stay firm. It's like they go from green straight to mushy.

Maybe it's all in my head. Who wants to set up a blind taste test for me to see if I can spot the vine ripened fruit? And by vine ripened, I mean that vine should still be attached to roots, in the ground. Sigh.

Tomato season is just too dang short!

Monday, October 5, 2009

Sides Down

As you can see the sides are back down on the high tunnel. Kinda shivery and gray outside, but warm and toasty on the inside.

Thinking about getting me a little bistro patio for the inside. Would be a stellar place to enjoy a coffee and a paper this fall.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Banana Bread

To my husband, who didn't eat a single slice of that AWESOME banana bread I made with whole wheat flour, local raw honey, and dried organic cherries:

Sometimes I just don't get you.