Jun 18, 2011
Green Tomatoes, anyone?
We have plenty!
Last night we were ruthless in cleaning out all branches that had any signs whatsoever of blight. We ended up pulling 2 more Amish Paste and 2 Red Zebra plants. I did the "pointing" and hubby did the trimming and pulling so I could remain "uninfected". I then sprayed them liberally to the point of runoff starting with the Brandywine bed which still looks fantastic, although we found a couple of branches that looked ill at the very bottom. Hopefully we caught those early enough. We ended the spraying with the Amish Paste bed, which was the worst by a long shot.
I also found what may be blight spreading to the bed of pepperoncini. Luckily my pepper beds are all over the garden, not just in one place. This one got sprayed too.
Lesson learned: go for the big bottle of concentrate right off the bat. I first bought the ready to use bottle for $11.99 and ran out before even treating half the bed. I went back, bought the $25 bottle of concentrate and a mini tank sprayer and after treating all the beds the way they are supposed to be done, to the point of saturation and runoff, I still have over 3/4 of a bottle left!
The good news is, we planted some new tomatoes in place of the old (there was nowhere else to put them and they were only $1 apiece), and will spray them preventatively. This will also serve to let me know if it will work to plant tomatoes next year if I spray ahead of time. Rotation is not a viable option in a backyard environment, as this stuff spreads all over anyways, as shown by this year's stuff. They were planted in 4 different locations and still showed symptoms.
More good news below, the Hillbilly heirlooms planted in-ground are still looking good.
The Brandywine bed looks really good, amazing since it's literally 2 feet away from the affected Red Zebra bed.
So now what to do with all the green tomatoes that got pulled? Lots of good ideas out there for salsas, chutneys and sauces, but I'm intrigued by these too!
Pickled Green Tomatoes
Green Tomato Pizza!
Tomorrow will be my day to create something, but I have a feeling it will be this...
Good old fashioned Green Tomato Pie, just like the one Caroline Ingalls baked for Charles one year when the crops were failing but they had an abundance of green tomatoes. Y'all know I'm a sucker for anything Ma Ingalls, the woman is my superheroine!
Tonight I'm hosting a Garden Round-Robin here. Our garden group tries to get together for a social event in a different members' garden once a month for ideas, snooping around other peoples' gardens and good food, drinks and conversation. It's 96 degrees here now and I expect it will be much the same at 5 when the party starts, but the humidity is only 50% which makes it tolerable. Usually humidity here is way higher, with the dewpoint near 70. I wouldn't want to work in it, LOL... but a party should be okay!
I hope to have an update and a green tomato recipe for you soon!