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Latest Activity: yesterday
Wow - been away for a week and the dry has well and truly set in. Got the soaker hose going tonight. Luckily nothing has died but some mild effects on runner beans. I covered carrot seeds I planted with shade cloth and they have all sprouted beautifully and the cabbage/broc/cauli seedlings I planted also survived. Picked about 8lbs tomatoes - another lot of spaghetti into the freezer!
what does one do with tomatillos? it is the first time I have grown them and they have started falling off and are outgrowing their skins so can I presume they are ready?
Rang the water carrier yesterday to see what the wait time is. Three days isn't too long so can keep watering the garden. I have rocket popping up in my lawn. Not needing to mow at the moment so can pick it before it gets trimmed off. Have a huge crop of eggplant so will be looking for new ways to use some of them up. Kumara in tubs growing well, at least the bits I can see are. Rex, I have already planted over 100 leeks and have some more to go in. I use the bokashi composting system and bury it in my garden. Its amazing what pops up from that. Have heaps of cucumber seedlings coming up from the last one. Am tempted to put hard to germinate seeds through the bokashi just to see if that helps. I have New Zealand spinach popping up in a number of places. I trimmed the original plants back and they've come away again. So will be throwing it into everything again soon. My shingiku plants seeded everywhere too. Limited use in cooking but because they are a type of chrysanthamum the flowers add colour to the garden anyway. Spinach and silverbeet growing well despite getting little watering. Runner beans producing incredibly well. Capsicum plants all producing good crop.
Still plugging away at making things with the 1.5 to 2 kilos per day of tomatoes. The freezer is becoming quite full! My son and his flatmates are delighted...lots of tomato sauce and spicy sauce to keep them going for the year. Peppers are now coming into full swing. I've picked orange ones already. The larger ones, which are still green, are being left on the plants for now to get as many red ones as possible. Eggplants doing well too.
Cheryl - miners lettuce - mine pops up in the garden where I last had it growing. I am averaging about 2kg of tmatoes a day at the moment - relish and sauce. We have also done another batch of courgette relish - grandkids devour a jar in a weekend. Have also planted out about 50+ leeks and have a shade cloth over to keep the hot sun off them until they get established. Hope we dont end up with water restrictions before it eventually rains, which doesn't appear to be on the horizon for a while.
Have just made another batch of courgette pickle and bottled some peaches. Another lot of chillis sitting there waiting to make another batch of sauce. Have got some tomatoes to make a batch of tomato relish tomorrow. Have got lots of oriental greens popping up. Planting out leeks and beetroot Potting on sorrel, lettuce, mesclun, purslane, miners lettuce. Have sorted out seeds to start getting organised for next season
Hot hot hot dry dry dry
More winter vege going in this weekend.
Passatta? Sorry, Kali, my understanding of passatta is that it's uncooked, crushed and sieved tomatoes. Is it something else that I'm not aware of as well?
Today I slow roasted halved tomatoes until semi-dried, and then free-flow froze them. I ate a couple before freezing the rest, and they're full of intense, scrumptious flavour. Yum! They'll be great to use during the winter in casseroles.
is your passatta recipe on here somewhere Lynn?
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