Wednesday, September 28, 2011

The End of Tomato Suck 2011

Cubby and I pulled out the tomato plants yesterday. It was pretty sad in there, what with the generally poor performance of the plants all season and the end-of-season blight. So I decided to just put an end to the misery and yank 'em all.

First, of course, we pulled off all the green tomatoes. Cubby was very happy to help with this part, since he's been trying to do just that all summer as I explain over and over again that we only eat red tomatoes, Cubby. The green ones don't taste good. Trust your mother, child.

Needless to say, he doesn't trust his mother and harvested several green tomatoes for me this summer.

He also thought it was great that I ended up using two buckets for the tomatoes. Because then he could transport the tomatoes one by one from one bucket to another and back again, over and over and over. With such wonderful entertainment did he occupy himself for several minutes while I yanked out all the plants and tossed them in the gully.

Then, since he still seemed quite happy with his tomato transport operation, I decided to cut the dying foliage off the last of the potatoes. Yuck. Slimy and smelly and slugs everywhere. I got it done, though. Now we just need to get a long-enough spell of dry weather so we can dig them up and let them dry out on a tarp before storage.

We may have to wait awhile. But the potatoes are ready whenever Mama N. is. So any time with the sun now, Mama. My french fry consumption has been sadly lacking.


Anonymous said...

Somewhere on my blog under recipes or maybe cooking you will find some green tomatoe recipes. Something for everyone, that's my motto.

Anonymous said...

Mmm...fried green tomatoes!! Love them but never got a chance to have any this year.

Anonymous said...

Is there any chance of those green tomatoes ripening in a brown paper bag, for example? We just had to harvest a ton of them and hope they will turn red somehow. Mary in MN

Anonymous said...

I bet you are probably getting tired of 'advice' from me , but you really don't have to pull the green tops off the potatoes...while they are still green they are still growing and will turn brown and die back on their own when they are done growing and you can pull them up as you dig them , also letting you know where the potatoes are under the ground.
We just put the green tomaotes in flats on a table and go through them throwing away ones if they start to go bad and eating the red ones as they turn. Beth
Isn't it nice Cubby can entertain himself? :)