Monday, October 4, 2010

tomato town

oh tomatoes!! With 11 heirloom plants, we had quite a treasure load of tomatoes every day!

  Besides the greens and herbs, our tomatoes were the most productive and easy going thing in the garden. I'll miss them. We've been slow roasting the tomatoes constantly but they pretty much get eaten faster than they're roasted (they're so delicious!!) so not many have made it into the freezer.
here's how...
*preheat oven to 225 degrees, slice cherry sized tomatoes in half and all others a bit thinner than a half of a cherry tomato. oil a cookie sheet and arrange tomatoes in a single layer. drizzle w/ olive oil, sprinkle a little salt, I like to add fresh rosemary. You can pretty much add whatever herbs, garlic, balsamic vinegar... roast in the oven for 3 HOURS. yeah, it's a looong time but so worth it.
  I don't know why, but I can't seem to grow chard at all. Maybe it's too wet, or too sunny. I have no idea but the chard does nothing! Our squash plants were disappointing but the one pumpkin seed has turned into the biggest vines and we've already gotten two good sized pumpkins... This was a good year of trial and error, so next year we'll have a better idea of what to plant and where as well as putting in some more raised beds to try a few new things.

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