We are in a thick of harvesting tomatoes and
attending internal Tomato Tasting with samples from a many varieties in our
trial gardens. Last week we were at
Monticello for their Annual Saturdays in the
Garden Tomato Tasting.
They customarily have a tomato tasting during a corner of
the orchard nearby a quarrel of fig trees brimful with developed fruit, though after a rainy
ending to a tasting final year and many 100°F days recently a eventuality was
moved to a Woodland Pavilion. Surrounded by shade trees and comfortable
chairs in a poetic room with healthy light and atmosphere conditioning in reserve, I
think we like a change. With 30+ participants and over 30 varieties of
tomatoes a tasting is a low pivotal chronicle of a tasting during a Heritage Harvest
Festival during Monticello, entrance adult on Sept. 15, 2012.
Here are some of a varieties we tasted and talked
about final week during a Saturdays in a Garden during Monticello:
Varieties from a
Exposure Seed Exchange Trial Gardens:
Charlies’ Mortgage Lifter
More varieties from Southern Exposure:
Ann Eddins, internal tomato grower:
Cantrell’s German Red/Pink
Lifter Halladay’s Strain
last notation additions from participants.
have another Tasting Scheduled for a Edible Orange Fest and a possess on Farm
Tasting for internal business after this month. Of march we will have lots of
varieties for a Heritage Harvest Festival during Monticello and the
Mother Earth News Fair during Seven Springs in PA. What a great
way to share a ambience of heirloom tomatoes.
we aren’t bustling picking, eating and preserving tomatoes, pepper, beans,
eggplants, and some-more we are perplexing to keep a weeds underneath control and
everything watered. we felt like it was all value it when we went out to the
partially shadowy area where we say my seedling beds and start especially
crops like snap peas. How honeyed it is! The snap peas have
blossoms and are environment small peas. Our broccoli, Brussels sprouts, and other
brassicas that were only small sprouts final month are stout small plants
growing good and only watchful for cooler continue to unequivocally take off. If we haven’t started your cabbage family
seedlings nonetheless some should start to seem in internal garden centers and farmers
long fibre of 90-100°F days has cut down on how mostly we can have salad, but
we do still have lettuce. As shortly as a new planting are large adequate for cut
and come again we should be behind to daily harvest.
just prepared a area for our
garlic planting and sowed it with a discerning cover stand of
buckwheat. In October, we’ll compartment underneath a buckwheat, supplement some-more compost, and
wait a few weeks for all to mangle down before planting a perennial
love alliums. We plant garlic, elephant garlic, yellow potato onions, white
multiplier onions, several varieties of shallots, and long-lived leeks. They are
all easy to grow if we ready a abounding good emptied bed, mulch them, keep them
well weeded and watered. So sequence your planting batch and start scheming your perennial
onion and garlic beds now.
trying to use adult a final of a furnish we have in storage, as we’ll shortly be
replacing it with a tumble plantings
of carrots, beets, radishes and other winter roots. One of the
things we suffer is preserved carrots. It is a good recipe for regulating now or in
Refrigerator Dill Carrots
1 bruise carrots, peeled
1 1/4 cups water
1 crater cider vinegar
1/4 crater sugar
2 garlic cloves, lightly-crushed
1 1/2 teaspoons dill or 2 tablespoons uninformed dill weed
1 1/2 tablespoons counterfeit salt
2 brook leaves
1. Cut a carrots into sticks approximately
the distance of your fourth finger. Bring a medium-sized pot of lightly-salted
water to a boil. (Use a non-reactive pot.)
2. When a H2O boils, dump a carrots in
and cook for one minute. Pour into a colander and rinse underneath cold water.
3. Using a same pot, move all a remaining
ingredients to a boil. Reduce a feverishness and cook for dual minutes.
4. Remove from feverishness and supplement a carrot
sticks. Cool until room temperature, afterwards put into jars and chill.
Carrot sticks should be done during slightest one day
in advance, and will keep for adult to 4 weeks in a refrigerator.
for interlude by and we wish you’ll come behind mostly to see what we’re growing
Ira Wallace lives
and gardens during Acorn Community Farm, home of
Southern Exposure Seed Exchange
where she coordinates accumulation preference and seed growers. Southern Exposure
offers 700+ varieties of non-GMO, open pollinated, and organic seeds. Ira is a co-organizer
Harvest Festival during Monticello
. She serves on the
board of a Organic Seed Alliance and is a visit presenter during a Mother
Earth News Fairs
and many other events
throughout a Southeast. Her initial book a “The Timber Press Guide to
Vegetable Gardening in a Southeast” will be accessible in 2013.