My Garden in The Fall, Dahlias and Tomatoes Still Going Strong

This has been a most interesting year weather wise. I am beginning to think we should call tomatoes in my neck of the woods a fall crop. Sure, I had smaller ones like the cherry tomatoes, Sweet Baby Girl and Sungold and the Compari and Sweet Carernos tomatoes give us fruit but really none of the biggest ones. Limmony , Cherokee Chocolate and Speckled Roman were next to give us something to eat. Most did not grace our table until the second week of September. Everyday, the crop was increasing as the green tomatoes got bigger and bigger. We waited with bated breath. The first of the big ones to ripen was Mello Yello. It was 2.6 pounds! The Aussies, My Love’s Pink Oxheart and the Coustralees were the next largest. Our Amish Paste put out lot of huge, paste shaped tomatoes. The only one that has not yet produced is the Cosmonaut Volkov. It started out really slow, glacially slow and has good sized tomatoes but it it October 31. I had high hopes for that one.


On of our last harvests


This is a picture of our Amish Paste still going strong on October 31! Amazing. We still have about 150 pounds of green tomatoes which are taking their sweet time to ripen.

Stay tuned for more wrap up posts for the 2014 season.

End of Season Tips: Row Covers Protect Vegetable Plants from Light Frosts


Floating row covers, shade cloth, tarps, plastic , sheets and blankets are an easy way to protect crops from chilly nights and light frosts. Anchor  to the ground on each side and the ends; use garden staples, rocks, or boards to hold covers in place. Covering your plants will keep plants 2 to 5°F warmer than the air outside temperature—enough to protect plants from a light overnight frosts.

I am most concerned with keeping my tomatoes from freezing. If  light frost is predicted, I will cover with one of our many blue tarps and drag them off in the daytime so they don’t bake. The whole idea is to protect the tomatoes from frostbite. If that happens, instead of ripening, they will usually rot.

It ain’t pretty but it works!