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We visited the garden today for the first time after the “big frost” of Wednesday morning. (And yesterday was 76 degrees? WTF is going on!) and we just had buckets and buckets of green tomatoes left after the plants had long since wilted to the ground.

I picked all the tomatoes I could rescue from my plants, and Paris picked 3 of her 5 plants. I carted all the dead greenery to the compost pile, as well as the green tomatoes that didn’t make it, and we still had 2 shopping sacks full!  We called all the relatives and delivered green tomatoes to them, and I’ve been trollling for recipes so we can use the rest. I do hate to waste anything!

Here’s some recipes to try if you, too, have an overabundance of green tomatoes!
Recipes from BostonPlus.com
Southern Food at about.com has lots of ideas
A nice selection at allrecipes.com
Epicurious is always good for a variety of recipes
Fried green tomato recipes from Joy in the Garden
Or you can just use my google search!

Have fun with the recipes, let’s hear what you made!

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We’re still planting! I had started some seedlings in pots at home, and this weekend we transplanted some Coeur de Bue cabbage, spinach, pak choi and broccoli.  Luckily we got a little rain today, so they are well watered.

A huge rainstorm a couple of weeks back ensured the garden got a real boost! It’s great to see the huge broccoli plants, tomato plants still bearing good sized fruit, peas and beans growing like crazy, as well as the plethora of other veggies and flowers that are still growing.

One of the things I like most about the garden plots are the different styles of “garden aesthetics” – you have very structured gardens like Sue’s, with their rows of vegetables. You have Marcella & Gary’s plots, which are structured more in a “sun ray” pattern – a beautiful show of flowers in the center, with vegetable seedlings radiating from the middle to the far corners of the plot. Then you have the “What the heck is that?” style of my family’s two plots. Paris planted pretty much everything on one side of the garden. In rows, but you would never know that unless you saw them right at the beginning. Then she had Hicks-envy and planted a little circle of flowers right in the center of the plot. My plot, which I share with my very headstrong 7 year old daughter, is really a product of the “too many chiefs and not enough indians” theory. She tells me where to plant stuff, I plant it where I want to plant it, then she has a fit when it comes up in the wrong place.

Ciel insisted on making criss-crossed pathways, so we essentially have four squares. The paths are marked with flowers, then stones (when there were no more flowers left to plant.) I do have a plan for next year, which involves raised beds. And if she gives me grief, then she can go to Grandma’s while I see my plans through!

I’ll post more about the Fall Festival (which coincides with Make A Difference Day) once we’ve had our planning meeting on Sunday.

In the meantime, we’ve been harvesting fools! Swiss chard, tomatoes, radishes, broccoli, eggplants …. all beautiful! I never remember to take the camera these days, life has just been so hectic.  I did manage to get a pic of a VERY scarey tomato. I think it’s ready for Halloween. What do you think?

Halloween tomato

Halloween tomato

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What a nice rain last night! Well, more like a thunderstorm … it tore a path through our back yard and knocked down all 8 of Paris’s corn stalks, and took out a couple of tomatoes too. Everywhere was a mess!

We drove by the community garden on our way to work/summer camp this morning and noticed a lot of the marker posts were down. I had intended to go and knock them back in this evening, but someone beat me to it. Aaaah, I love community! Everyone has each other’s backs, and that’s what it’s all about.

I finally manage to download the photos from my camera, so here are a few from last Sunday. You can click on the photo for a larger view, then click that larger view for the full-sized version.

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