Monday, August 25, 2008

Finally some rain

Thank God we finally got some rain today, been dry for over 3 weeks here. The garden was begging for water and I'm glad I didn't have to do it myself. I belive that when you water your garden you are simply keeping it alive, things just don't seem to grow until the rain comes. Looks like we have a good chance of rain all week and we are are looking forward to it.

The cherry tomato plants are covering us up with sweet little tomatoes. These plants just popped up around the edge of the compost pile and I transplanted the over to the garden area. We are getting about this many cherry tomatoes each day now and I am freezing some for later use in soups and chilli. Just wash them good and let them dry then place in a freezer bag. We are so lucky to have a foodsaver to vacum seal all our food before it hits the freezer. When ready to use just thaw and run hot water over them and the skins will slip right off. I'm not a big fan of putting things in the freezer but this is a lot eaiser than canning them. If ( when ) the electric goes off these can be a tasty treat rather than let them ruin.


7 comments:

Marie said...

Glad to hear that you got some rain. Those tomatoes look good--do cherry tomato plants need a stake to grow properly?
Looking at your last post, I'm beginning to wish that there was a flea market around here. Those are some great deals!

Anonymous said...

Yummy! Since my family doesn't like to see them whole, I throw them in the blender first and then freeze the whole lot!

Send some of that rain down here if you get enough! I just watered the garden this morning 'cuz things were looking really bad! (I'm generally against watering--I feel like most plants should be able to tough it up and survive! But, I really want my veggies!!) Gen--IL Homesteader

The Scavenger said...

Marie, it's still a little drizzle today and around 70 degrees. Cherry tomatoes will grow any way and any how. I just let them go wild, growing on the ground and they do all too well. The flea market is about 10 miles from here which is fine with me. Liv has to go to town just about everyday anyhow, so on weekends I tag along. The flea market is a great place to get good deals on all sorts of stuff.

Gen, I hope we get enough rain to share with ya. Do you peal the skins off the cherry tomatoes before you blend them. I would like to try blender method?

Thanks for the interest and comments.

Chris

Nita said...

Glad you got the rain when you needed it. Do you guys always get a good growing period in the fall?
We're at about the same elevation but I think we are cooler because of the Pacific Ocean. No humid warm nights here.

Those tomatoes look great!

Anonymous said...

No, I never peel them. I throw the whole thing (cherry and regular) in the blender and freeze like that. There will be some miniscule pieces of skin that float in the soup or chili, but nothing that bothers anyone. It's SOOO easy! Gen--IL Homesteader

Ron said...

We have flea markets here, but they don't have deals like that! Or maybe I need to go more often. :)

I feel the same way about watering... more like life support than anything. Far better if mother nature can provide it!

I'm not a big fan of freezing either, but it sure is less effort than canning. I figure a 70/30 ratio of canning to freezing isn't so bad. Keeps preserving fun. :)

Ron

Anonymous said...

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I'm a regular reader of your blog looking forward to another installment! Hope all is well at your homestead, you're missed in the blogosphere!