end of harvest…?

I made sauce this evening, the same “end of harvest” roasted green tomato sauce I found last year, but with a broader range of ripeness in the tomatoes I used.

That said, I am hoping it will not be the end of harvest. I spent the afternoon out in the garden, cutting back the massive-yet-under-producing tomato vines, removing vines without fruit that stand little chance this late to yield anything.

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It is expected to freeze overnight tonight, maybe even snow, even though we mostly have another month or so of decent weather beyond that. So, my garden experiment for this fall. I have tented the three raised beds, and a few other spots, with white sheeting. If I can protect early blooms for a late snow, why not protect the mature garden from an early one…? Also, I am not yet sure how hardy the winter bed seedlings are.

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If this works, I will hang onto the plants in the beds as long as possible. There are dozens of peppers, a pile of large green tomatoes, a bed of root veggies seedlings coming in for winter…

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About the “end of harvest” sauce: I have changed how I finish it. I now puree the roasted ingredients after baking, tonight was a bulb and a half of garlic, rosemary, three different basils, white onions, green chili peppers, black Hungarian peppers and the fullest range of tomato variety and ripeness I had available in the garden. I then sauted additional onion and green chilis to added to the puree.

My husband and I ate it over roasted chicken. It was delicious.

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More to come regarding the winterization of the garden. Long term, I would like to engineer panels that drop into framing surrounding the beds to convert them to a take on greenhouses going into winter…

We shall see how my garden grows into our wabi-sabi life!

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