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Post Posted: Sep 8, 2019 11:53 am 
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To me "bad weather" is sunny and temps above 65. Like today so far.
Glorious weather for me would be so cloudy it seems like night, 45 degrees with lots and lots of rain! If only....


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OMG! I finally got some rain!! Less than 0.5 inches, but more than I've seen in ages!
LOVE it!


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Did anyone get a freeze last night? :cold:

I was expecting one but it only dropped to 35.

I'm taking my extra garden goodies to the food pantry today. This is what I gathered for them yesterday and will pick leafy greens for them later this morning.
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There are 3 types of maters; a black cherry, Northern Lights and Stupice (my other two varieties haven't started to ripen yet.)
The overgrown zuke is from a neighbor's garden. And a friend donated some homegrown cabbage (not in pic) for me to take to them as well.

Remember fellow gardeners that the local food banks can use your extra garden goodies!
I take my garden extras to Life Bridge in Bailey along with a once a week harvest from the community garden pantry plot. The Pantry Plot at the Conifer Community Garden also serves the MRC food pantry and the Interfaith food pantry.
Other local food pantries include, EChO in Evergreen and Widow's Oil in Harris Park (but I'm not sure if they are accepting home grown produce this year or not).

Five food panties in our local area says a lot about the needs in our community.
Consider tithing 10% of your garden yield.


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Beautiful harvest! The pantry clients will love it. So generous.

I would like to remind folks to check pantry hours before they donate produce.


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Beautiful harvest! The pantry clients will love it. So generous.

I would like to remind folks to check pantry hours before they donate produce.


Thanks c4! I have way too many maters! 7 plants was 3 too many. :lol:
The Stupice are just pumping out those maters. One outside and 1 in the greenhouse (which is doing better of course).

Yes check the pantry's hours of operation. NEVER leave food outside their doors.:naughty naughty:
Pantries websites are listed on the Pinecam home page.


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Great yield! Thank you for giving. My plants are all in (I’m a deck gardener) so time to clean up. Good work, CooknThyme!


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Thanks Mummydog, but the maters in the pic are nothing. I easily have 10X that left on the vine (maybe more) and who knows how much I have picked already in the past 2 weeks. Tomato plants seem to love my greenhouse!

Okay so here's the funny thing.... I don't really like tomatoes. :lol:

I do love Caprese salad! So I have to grow tomatoes and basil just for that.
And a fresh tomato in a green salad is nice from time to time.
Lightly heated tomatoes are sometimes just okay but depends what it is paired with.

However, any type of stewed tomatoes or tomato sauce is absolutely disgusting to me. Even the smell of it cooking can make be vomit :barf:
Walking into an Italian restaurant is pure hell, to me.

But I do love growing them!! Yep, yep! :multi:


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Well, I have some ripening now in the house. Yay! Reasonable harvest of squash and beans and golden beets. This was the garden not supposed to be this year, but it sorta came together.


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:multi: That's good news!
"sorta came together" spells success in my book!
especially in a season like this one
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I tried a couple of new tomatoes this year in addition to the usual Stupice...

Pink Berkeley which is a beefsteak variety. Grew it outdoors, but unfortunately I have only had a couple ripen even though there is a lot of fruit on the vines. Here is a picture of one that is almost ripe. I think it is suppose to have more red than green on it but based on feel this one is close to being ripe. Probably need a green house to have better luck with these. I will use a hoop house to keep them going for a bit longer, hopefully more will ripen.
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Another new one I tried was Golden Treasure, a storage tomato. The fruit gets to be around 2 to 2 1/2 inches in size. You pick it green and then it ripens over the next 1 1/2 to 3 months. There are a lot of fruit on the vines (again growing outdoors). I plan on picking the fruit this coming week and putting it in the cellar. Hopefully they will be better tasting than grocery store tomatoes.
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Wowie, looks so great!


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Conifer4, thanks for sharing the photos! Beautiful maters!! I like the look of stripy maters. I think we will all be interested to hear how well the storage tomatoes hold up into the winter.

Who got frost this morning? :cold:

It's been below freezing the past couple of hours at my house and dropped to 28 just before 6am. Temps are rising now that the sun is up, but currently still below freezing.

When I saw the thick layer of frost on the car I thought, "Well that's it for the garden. How appropriate for the last day of summer."

But no! To my surprise, everything that is covered with hail cloth or agribon looks mostly okay so far this morning.

I guess Mother Nature listened to our prayers for some extra time in September since we were robbed of gardening weather in June. Thanks Mom!


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