Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Tomatoes picked from dead plants hanging upside down in the barn!

This was certainly a first for me! Everyone had heard you could do it...... they knew someone, who knew someone who did it, but no one we knew had actually done it themselves! Well, I am here to tell you it works! These are tomatoes picked from the vines we pulled before the big frost last fall, that we hung from the rafters in the barn.The vines are deader than dead but there are still bunches of green tomatoes, still turning. I will probably still be canning last years tomatoes when our this years summer crop is ready to harvest.  We are just as busy as we can be getting ready for spring planting. I have been planting starts of lettuce, spinach, swiss chard, cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, bok choy, in the cold crop greenhouse, and cucumbers, squash, in the hot house. Our pluot trees should be here this week, and it is time for pruning and planting other fruits and berries. For those of you who have fruit trees, remember the dormant tree spray they need before blooming. If you have berries, and you need to divide and conquer. Now is the time for that, also. Dig up any errant shoots and transplant them where you would like for them to grow. Remember that  raspberries and blackberries can be invasive, so find a spot that they can multply to their little hearts content. The opening date for the market is going to be pushed back until the first week in March, as we will not have much that will be available until then. Unless everyone wants to come for green onions. The goats milk will start flowing again, and by then we will have some of the additions completed to the market. We will be selling heirloom vegetable starts, onion sets, seed potatoes, among other things for your garden. A word to the wise, and not so wise, PLANT A GARDEN!!! With the price of gas going through the roof, and the fact that truckers will not be able to afford it, grocery prices are going to be ridiculous. If you need some help come ask me, I can give you a few pointers from my successes and my foibles. And if you bring an empty bucket I can fill it up with poop to get you started. From our farmstead to your table, thank you for all of your support!

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