Wednesday, September 17, 2008

checking in with the world's worst gardener


We had various unidentified plants and weeds out there this year. None of our tomatoes ripened early, or on time, but there are all these green things out there this week and FROST is expected in the coming nights. Maybe some of these guys will ripen on the window sill, and maybe next year I will read a book about growing a garden....

18 comments:

Gordo said...

It's not you, Gary. They're not ripening up here, either. Just a terrible summer for tomatoes. Warm and moist, so you get big ones, just not enough actual sunshine to ripen them.

Lis Garrett said...

I agree with Gordo - terrible summer for tomatoes. Out of three tomato plants, I got 5 tomatoes. The rest never ripened or ripened so quickly they rotted. My cherry tomatoes did quite well, though.

Perhaps you could make some fried green tomatoes??

Nancy L.K. Boyce said...

Gary- have you ever had pickled green tomatoes, YUM! Also I read a recipe once for green tomato pie- I have never made it but it sounded very intriguing.
Nice to see you yesterday!
-Nance

Maggie said...

whatever doesn't ripen you could also use to make green salsa. Traditionally it is made with tomatillos, but I've heard of people using their green tomatoes with great success. Not to worry, there are options for such lovely green tomatoes.

Mona Buonanotte said...

I echo the sentiment of fried green tomatoes...mmm!

denis said...

it was the best year for tomatoes in VT. better luck next year gary and gordo and lis.

Karen said...

3 words for you:
Fried Green Tomatoes!

Fortune Cookies said...

I smell Fried Green Tomatoes! YUM YUM YUM!!!! I'll be happy to share my recipe ;)

gary rith said...

I am thinking I might fill a bag with them and go throw them at somebody. Green tomatoes probably give a good hard SMACK with a bruise before they splat open. Now, who am I out to get......

fiwa said...

Don't you dare waste those gorgeous green tomatos on a hate crime! Make fried green tomatoes! They are SO GOOD.

gary rith said...

S-P-L-A-T

kcinnova said...

Pickles!! Salsa!!

Green tomato pie? Not so much. (and yes, I have tried it!)

ML said...

Pickled green tomatoes -- YESSS!

Barbara Martin said...

A man with a purpose!

~ Sil in Corea said...

Try putting layers of newspapers between the tomatoes. A Maine organic farmer I know did that and they kept ripening into November.

~ Sil in Corea said...

Oops. You have to move them around and look at them weekly, so they don't get "bed sores," but that technique buys you time to use them up. Tip: after six weeks, eating tomato sandwiches every day gets tiresome, so Google some of those recipe ideas.

Reb said...

Gary, they won't ripen on the windowsill, they WILL ripen in a box, one layer then a layer of newspaper, one layer, then newspaper. They must be checked daily, because they will ripen at different rates. Make sure the soft ones are on top.

WoundedEgo said...

I think it helps to put a ripe banana near them.