Monday Report Week 18

My tomatoes are ripening all at once.

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But I have to pick them before they are completely ripe to keep the bugs and worms from eating holes and such in them.

I have thrown more tomatoes into the compost than I have been able to keep.

Which is maddening and saddening.

But I have had a slew of them to can, too.

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So that curbs my temper somewhat. But just imagine what I could have preserved, if the garden critters had stayed away.

I was hoping to make salsa this year, since I haven’t for several years.

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The plants I started myself from seed are doing far better than the store bought plants.

But they were roma tomatoes.

Which makes preparing the tomatoes for canning a longer process.

But I’m happy with what God has given me to preserve.

I have many more canning jars, just waiting to be filled.

I’ll say a prayer and keep my fingers crossed that I have many more tomatoes to be processed.

Have you canned any tomatoes this year?

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11 comments on “Monday Report Week 18

  1. We have no luck with tomatoes either down here! BUT, I am always impressed by your garden. You are too cool for school. That is awesome and I would like to order 2 jars please :-))

  2. You have been busy. Those tomatoes look great. I have never ever canned anything, but my Mom did and my sister does. I think it is really great to be able to do those things…..home canned food is so much better than store bought.

  3. I have 16 tomato plants that produce for about 6 weeks. Hardly worth it. Never enough to can, but I do make a little bit of marinara to free. 2 batches so far.

    You can pick tomatoes at the FIRST hint of color. I always do because they ripen quickly then, and it lets the plants put energy into the other tomatoes. You can pick them green and they’ll still turn (why I usually have tomatoes at Thanksgiving and sometimes at Christmas), but it takes longer.

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