Right about the time the tomatoes really start producing here come the stink bugs.
We battle this every year and it’s so annoying. They do not bother with the yellow or the orange tomatoes but they sure do love the red and purple.
I had read to add 1 – 2 tablespoons of Dawn to a gallon of water in a sprayer. We did this 5 days ago and now the tomatoes are perfect so we will be doing this every week to get back our tomatoes crop.
Here are a few tomatoes from today one of our favorite ways to eat them is tomatoes, cucumbers, onion, and Italian dressing covered with foil and placed in the fridge for a few hours this will last a few days. This is yellow, red, and purple tomatoes in this mix.
On an average day, we pick about 30 tomatoes
Fresh vegetables are one of my favorite times of the year.
Jack has been busy getting the fall garden planted.
He has planted some seeds and some plants. The Cabbage, Onions, and Lettuce have all been planted and they love the weather we have been having 80 degrees in December lol. Our area is breaking its own record for record warm temperatures.
He has already bought $60.00 in seed for the springtime they get hard to find the specific kind of cucumbers and tomatoes you want. He actually listened to me last year and kept up in a notebook what brands he liked the best. We will of course go buy some plants in February. We had some tomatoes that tasted the best and some that were the biggest we had ever grown. I will share a picture with some of our harvest from the springtime this year.
In the back bathroom we never use I have all my coleus rooting for the springtime there are 3 of the bigger pot flats with two kinds of coleus. They are all doing great. I might do one more flat in there I have not decided just yet.
My aloe vera that survived the freeze in February came back really good and produced a lot of pups. I was able to give away 12 containers to my mother n laws friends from church. These are the quilting and rosary-making ladies. Some of the ladies get together 1 x a month for games day.
Planting a garden or growing plants in your yard is always lots of fun. Watching it grow is a thrill but sharing what you grow is a great feeling.
After the digging was done we weighed the potatoes there was a total of 262.20 #s of sweet potatoes.
I have enclosed a picture of a few buckets of potatoes. These are 7 gallons and 20-gallon containers.
Andrew and Adrian helped dig one day and Karina and Sophia help dig another day. For kids, it’s like a treasure hunt digging for potatoes.
We had some potatoes that were almost 7#s each and others that were 15″ long. None of these have been stringy I think the stringy potatoes must be old because it has nothing to do with the size we have cooked some big ones.
My husband over plants everything so we end up with plenty of vegetables to give to family and friends. Our freezer is full of squash, peppers, leeks, and onions. Some have been grilled some baked.
He gave one of his friends 50#s of potatoes to share with his family. We gave our daughter Jeanelle about 25#s but she will be back for more.
I have made 3 sweet potatoes pies using my grandmother’s recipe, 2 to give away one to share. I also made a cream cheese sweet potato cake that was the best cake I have had in a long time we shared that with Jeanelle and their family. I made some sweet potato pecan bread that turned out really good. We are trying to be creative around here.
We have been eating sweet potatoes at least 2 x a week. I want to try and cook some Hasselback ones.
I did read you can bake, cool, peel, and freeze so I might do some of that but I need that second freezer.
Fall tilling and planting has started so before you know it we will be overrun with cabbage lol.
The potting bench is painted and stained to match the house.
There is a large bucket for dirt on the left hand side under the bench. This is actually under a part that lifts up with hardware cloth and there is a tray to catch the excess dirt so it can go back in the bigger pot.
I actually love it and as you can tell its been getting used quite often.
In the wintertime I always put the fragile pots in the greenhouse and sometimes the plants live but sometimes they don’t. The ones on the bench the small fern on the left lived the big pot was repotted and now is thriving.
I always think about moving these after I have watered them and they are very heavy to move then.
I buy the small bowls at Dollar General or on clearance to have to put plants in for small gifts.
The aloe vera or some of the other succulents or sedums like lemon balm work well in the bowls. Right now on the back porch I have a few with airplane plants in them. Even the pothos or Ivy work well for a good while in the small containers.
The plastic wicker chair has seen its better days its been around about 10 years and I had bought 6 of them at Big Lots they use to be on the back porch until the rockers rotted off so we took those off and now its a very short chair to sit in. I just like the way it looks by the potting bench.
The trumpet vine graces the top of the back of the potting bench as a garland of sorts but it gives the bench the perfect touch.
Planting new plants in the yards or in planters is very relaxing for me and it soothes my soul.