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Cool down…back to work! Tending to the plants and making notes for next year

It’s back to work this week as surprisingly cooler weather has blessed us here in the Great Lakes region.

Since Sunday, I’ve mostly been tending to the two dozen or so tomato plants that I have growing all over the place (many of which are over 6 feet tall).

  • I’ve been tying up fallen tomato plant branches to keep the fruits off the ground.  This year I am using zip-ties.  They are cheap and easy.  I don’t like that I cannot re-use them (at least not without a lot of fine motor movement to undo them).  Got any hints?
  • I’ve been cutting off the little branches that have only leaves (no fruit).  This will make it easier for me to see the ripening fruit.

I’ve also been making notes in my gardening notebook to help me plan my garden next year.

  • I’ve noted how well certain plants are growing (or if they are not growing well in the place that I planted them).  I’m disappointed and surprised at how many things did not even come up.
  • I’ve also started getting into the habit of making my Sunday to-do list in my gardening notebook while walking around the homestead.  Sunday is our big chores day.  (We have our family, fun, relaxation and church day on Saturday.)  I’ve started doing this because by the time I walk around and make mental notes about what needs to be done I will have forgotten most of them when I walk back into the house. Oy!

I need to start compiling lists of recipes that use some of the plants that are doing well such as my Malabar spinach (mostly I just use it in salads but I need to figure out other recipes too!).

Sliced and cut cukes ready for lacto-fermentation!

Lastly, I was given about 20 lbs of cucumbers last weekend.  I am experimenting with lacto-fermenting them.  As I mentioned in a previous post, I’d like to have some non-canning preservation techniques to use for two reasons: 1. I think that canning is the least healthiest way to preserve most foods and 2. I really don’t like how much energy (and HEAT) canning requires, especially the heat — the very moist heat!  (I have mentioned that I don’t like hot and humid, haven’t I.)

So, what’s going on in your garden?

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