Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Greenhouse Tomatoes and Beef Wellington

Hiding in the grass.
(I don't really want a name or to have my picture taken!)

First, I've decided to call our new Beef calf Wellington. Classy, subtle, but to the point. I'm sure that he will mostly be called Sir Loin as that was the most popular name in the family, and "Hey, Stupid!!" by me (other things too as time goes on. My dad, who never swore, told me it was OK to swear at cows and tractors. I wouldn't want to let him down.)

Wellington, trying out his new name.

THANK YOU for participating in our very informal, "Name the Calf" challenge. There were no prizes to be awarded, but I got a good laugh out of all the submissions. (If I was a serious blogger, interested in attracting people to my blog and making money (I'm still not sure how that works), I would have had a formal contest and given the winner something, like a beef calf. Maybe next time.)

Now, back to the rest of life.

Before the calf, we were finishing up the apple sauce. We put up 28 quarts of apple sauce. We like apple sauce, but not every day, so that is enough for a year. We still had apples left, so we offered them to our friend M, who took them to make pie and sauce. Saturday we are going swimming in her pond, and maybe, if we are really lucky, there will be pie. I'll bring a pint of cream from May, Wellington's mom, (we will have milk from her by then and it's to die for) to whip for a topping just in case.

Apple sauce to see us through the year

I've also been battling with leaf curl on my greenhouse tomatoes. I've tried everything. Nothing has worked. Since I don't see any sign of leaf curl in the cherry tomatoes, growing two feet away in the same dirt, I have to assume that it isn't a nutritional or water deficiency, and that it is something more sinister. Next year I will opt for a different kind of tomato. The leaf curl is causing other problems. In combination with my trellising and pruning techniques, it is exposing the fruit to a lot of sun and heat. The result, GREEN SHOULDERS. Not too bad to look at, but it really compromises the shelf life. If I shade it, the basil and everything else will suffer. Again, the cherry tomatoes, without the leaf curl, are doing just fine. So are all the other things in the nightshade family(peppers, and egg plant in my case). Well, there is always next year (or this fall in the case of the green house.)

Green Shoulders
Happy Peppers
and Egg Plant thriving in the green house.
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