7 Oct 2011: Snow falls on our newly denuded vegetable garden.
Ed came home around 5:30 yesterday, after taking his mom to do some shopping. We immediately headed out to the garden to take our last harvest of vegetables because we knew the first freeze of the season was going to hit last night. And it did.
7 Oct 2011: Snow begins to collect on the bean stalks.
No sooner had we started plucking the last of the green beans, chili peppers, and tomatoes than it began to snow in earnest. Not the light snow we'd experienced earlier in the day, but the kind where the sky goes gray and the temperature seriously drops. My aching fingers were so frozen that I kept dropping the tomatoes because I couldn't feel them in my hands anymore!
Snow gathers on the now-empty tomato plants.
Plucking the last of the ripe tomatoes was easy, though there were enough to fill three baskets. Their blushing color was easy to see on the plants. It was much harder to see all the green tomatoes hiding among the greenery, but they had to come off. Ed says he has a secret for getting the green tomatoes to ripen, so we should have plenty of tomatoes for the coming weeks.
Snow on my cabbages.
Well...we didn't harvest everything yet. Ed thought my cabbages should be okay for a few more days. (Can't wait to enjoy my made-from-scratch cole slaw!) He's also leaving the onions in the ground for awhile. They're supposed to be hardy enough to withstand the cold. But everything else is done until we replant in the spring.
7 Oct 2011: The rotten tomatoes went to the chickens, who love tomatoes
but weren't sure they were worth braving the cold snow to eat!
7 Oct 2011: Our entire Anaheim chili pepper harvest for this year.
The tomatoes, red or green, were brought into the house for a bath in bleach-water to kill any bacteria picked up from the soil. Then they were laid out overnight to dry. There were so many tomatoes, they totally took over our kitchen! Ed already gave away a bunch to our neighbors this morning.
7 Oct 2011: Ed washes tomatoes and layers them on the counters.
More tomatoes on the counter by the stove...
...and still more on the window counter!
Besides the vegetables, we also had to bring in all the houseplants that enjoyed living on the porch throughout the warm summer months. They would never have survived the freeze, either.
More houseplants take refuge on the hearth. I never had indoor plants until I married Ed!
Dylan's spider plants were left out during a freeze this spring and they both died.
Then this one surprised us by reviving, and it's putting out new plant shoots!
I wish I could promise you that this will be the last of my garden blogs, but there are still those onions to dig up and that cole slaw to be made...