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Tomato Time: THE RIPENING

29 Jul

If you’ve been following along for the last three years (and I know you have been), you know that I haven’t been successful growing tomatoes. Until now, that is. I started plants from seed myself, and the 5 gallon buckets I have them in have worked out very well. My red cherries and yellow pears have been moving along very nicely, even with some branches yellowing, curling, and dying. I think it’s because of uneven watering and the intense heat upstairs. The deck radiates heat, so I lose more water.

Here are a few gratuitous beauty shots of my growing tomato babies.

Photo Jun 14, 8 09 41 PMPhoto Jul 12, 7 06 17 PM

 

Photo Jul 11, 8 05 11 PM Photo Jul 23, 8 08 44 PM

 

Yesterday we had a MASSIVE rain storm that last lasted about 15 minutes. I collected 40 gallons of water, which was great. We haven’t had rain in over a week, so all of the plants were happy. This afternoon I noticed that several tomatoes had suddenly ripened and were actually starting to crack. I picked nearly 2 1/2 pounds of tiny tomatoes! They each had one of three destinations:

1) Ripe ones went to the jam pot. Today.

2) Almost ripe headed to a paper bag to finish ripening. 1-4 days.

3) Green (no color, very hard fruit) were sent to the pickle jar to become cocktail garnishes. 2+ weeks.

Photo Jul 28, 1 10 40 PM

So then I made tomato jam. I used this basic recipe for cherry tomato jam from Jordan’s Kitchen. I had about two pounds to work with. Then I canned them in a water bath. Wound up with 4 perfectly filled 8 oz jars. WOW. I’m so excited to use it. Goat cheese and crostini. Or maybe just a spoon.

tomato jam collage

I hope that I’ll be able to harvest at least the same amount again in a few weeks. I now feel very comfortable with tomatoes on the roof. Keys are small varieties and keep them watered.

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Snowy Rooftop Morning

17 Feb

I went up to the roof ONLY to take some pretty pictures of our snowfall from last night. We got about 6″ here in in Arlington, a decent amount. We might get some more in a day or two. Our temps are VERY low, though, in the single digits at night and teens and 20s during the day.

Decent snowfall

Decent snowfall

Here are some bright morning photos. I really liked the way the snow fell in between the slats in the deck.

Untouched by footprints!

Untouched by footprints!

Clear sky!

Clear sky!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The garden was covered in a blanket of fluffy snow. Finally, we get lovely snow! Not really that good for snowballs or snowmen, but easy enough to shovel and clean off of stuff. So far this season we’ve had heavy, wet snow or “wintry mix” that just isn’t nice.

Image 9

Tank

Tank

Tank

Tank

 

 

 

Another shot of the slats.

Decking

Decking

 

Shhhhh! The thyme is sleeping!

Thyme

Thyme

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