That's Some Tomato
Oct. 9, 2010 9:11 am
Updated: Oct. 14, 2010 4:08 am
Here it is, October, and my tomatoes are FINALLY starting to ripen. I found a few deep inside the dark and spooky recesses of my overgrown tomato plants. All that were red, and any with a blush and promise of turning red were brought to the house. I went
from bush to bush, having planted 10 plants, due to grandiose plans of canning ALL of our tomato products this year, including salsas and bruschetta. Approaching the last plant, I saw to my horror of horrors, a HORNWORM!!! Had I thought to grab my camera,
I would show you, and you could see for yourself, that he was as thick around as my waist, and at least 2 feet long…you will just have to take my word for it.
I raced to the house to find a suitable hazmat suit, gloves and a reasonably long tool with pinchers to pluck him off of my victimized plant. I carried him to the chicken pen, while he writhed, twisted and spit on my tool, and squeezed him thru the wire to
the waiting hens below, hoping they weren’t overwhelmed by his incredible size.
Returning to the house to ice down my back, obviously strained from carrying such a huge burden (the aforementioned monster) I began peeling the giant chili peppers I had blistered and sweated the night before. Chili Relleno Casserole and Salsa Verde are on
the menu for tonite.
A bag of tomatillos were husked, rinsed and frozen for later use, and I realized I needed to pot up the rosemary, thyme, cilantro and basil before the first really hard freeze.
A few un-carved canoes were resting under my now exhausted zucchini bush, and I watched carefully to see if anything extra terrestrial was going to exit out of the giant flying saucer under the patty pan plant. The garden is just about used up now, and its
time to turn to other things. It looks like making soap and waiting to midwife for goats, sheep and cows, is on the calendar for this winter. With luck, I can fit a little riding in too.