Today I wanted to put off harvesting the tomatoes. I wanted to just lay around and read the Sunday paper. Maybe I would get out of my jammies…maybe I wouldn’t. I was weak. I couldn’t resist the call of the garden. “Pick me. Pick me.” This morning I was up irrigating, fertilizing, and harvesting. Since I discovered the wonders of freezing whole tomatoes it wouldn’t be so bad. I just needed to go through the 37 plants and haul the harvest up to the house for processing. I try to cull as I go removing damaged fruit to the green waste. Once they’re in the kitchen, I wash and dry the tomatoes then quick freeze them separately before storing them in freezer bags.
Along with the tomatoes I harvested Black Hungarian Peppers, Serrano Peppers, Genovese Basil, and a couple of Atomic Red Carrots. Not pictured are the Lemon Squash. Salsa production will crank up again now that the Serranos are going bonkers. It should be faster and cooler using the freezer method to skin the tomatoes.
The Red Flame Grapes were harvested with the gluttonous eyes of the mourning doves coveting our booty. Although this bowl of grapes may not seem like much, it’s about 10 times the amount produced in 2009. The vine is only 2 years old. This was a nice surprise. I was also surprised to find a hornworm munching the grapes leaves high in the arbor. That dude was swatted down and squished about as fast as I could move.
Via con Dios, hombre.