I must confess, last week when the weather man told me it was going to freeze I wasn’t even sad. I was maybe a little sad that I didn’t feel sad but I diffinately wasn’t sad. Many of my neighbors faithfully pulled out their garden blankets and gently covered their massive amounts of green tomatoes, I simply picked the ones I thought might be worth saving and let the rest of them FREEZE! Does this make me a bad person? After standing in the freezing cold rain the kids and I arrived in the kitchen with 3 grocery sacks of green tomatoes. C7 was so impressed with our work he was sure I was incapable of counting them ALL. He said, “try to count them Mom, but don’t fee bad if you can’t count that high because that is A LOT of tomatoes”. There were, to be exact, 112. I didn’t think that was very many considering the large amount that were still connected to the vines outside but C7 thought it was more than I could count, so we’ll pretend there actually were more than I could count.
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The next problem to solve was the taking care of the plants on the front porch. Many of my pots were filled with annual plants that would not survive the winter no matter what I did to them but others just need to be kept warm. So, while half of my kitchen counter was filled with green tomatoes the other half was quickly filled with potted plants.
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I have since moved my potted plants to their winter home at the barn but the green tomatoes are still waiting to be given a more permanent location. Green salsa or bottled RED tomatoes in a few weeks? Decisions, decisions…