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My Late Harvest                    (The tomato picking continues... No Kidding!)

November 4, 2015     
(See below for archives)

It’s not quite winter, but we’ve had some chilly weather and I’ve seen people wearing heavy coats. Yet-----I’m still harvesting tomatoes Art Before Your Eyesand raspberries---I think this is the latest I have ever done that. I live close to Lake Michigan and my tomato plants are in containers, right up next to the house. During that cold snap a couple of weeks ago my thermometer read 32 degrees, but I guess my tomato plants must have been a degree or two warmer. Lucky me. Most of the plants themselves look awful, but the fruit is still worthwhile---about four of the twenty-odd plants that I planted in spring are still producing. Of course the flavor doesn’t match the fruit of the warm months, but I think it’s still better than those in the grocery store. I am Art Before Your Eyesmostly picking cherry tomatoes, but I have about ten large ‘Ananas Noire’ tomatoes that just need a little more sun to ripen. Raspberries----well, the yield is scant and the fruit size is smaller than in peak season, but the flavor is still enjoyable. Even flowers such as begonias are still doing well at my place, and of course the tough, frost resistant flowers like snapdragons and alyssum are still thriving. The official weather station at Mitchell Field airport in Milwaukee has already recorded a frost, but they are quite a distance from the big lake. I see on my weather calendar that the latest ever first frost for our area is November 24th---that was back in 1931. Also, the same calendar tells me that 2001 was our warmest November on record. Again, these weather facts are from Mitchell Field.

I made a short trip to Door County on Halloween weekend. At the top of the peninsula, where our cottage is, we still haven’t had a killing frost. Art Before Your EyesI stopped by to visit the Beach Road Community Garden in Sister Bay, a garden I wrote about in a previous blog. The plants at that garden have held up well. The tough plants that were planted in spring such as kale and Brussels sprouts were at their peak. All of the tropical vegetables (tomatoes, peppers, squash) that would normally have been killed off by now have been cleaned out. (I’m guessing the plants had stopped producing.) I also saw some of the newer, late summer plantings that were at their peak now---these plants all perform Art Before Your Eyeswell in cool weather and can easily take a light frost. The kohlrabi, spinach, lettuce, mizuna, Swiss chard, carrots, and radish all looked great; some had already been partially harvested. Along with the vegetables there was a wonderful display of nasturtium. Although their flowers are edible (they have a pleasant peppery taste), most folks grow them for their fiesta colored flowers.

Scroll down to view photos of the  Beach Road Community Garden in Sister Bay.

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 Archives  (Click on the green text for links)


November 2015 - My Late Harvest (The tomato picking continues...No Kidding!)

October 2015 - Its Mid-October---the End is Near!

September 2015 - 2015---Not the Year of the Pepper!

September 2015 - Top Varieties at Tomatomania 2015!

September 2015 - Get the most from September tomatoes!

August 2015 - Tomatomania 2015---Coming Soon!

August 2015 - Oh No!!!......Freaky Tomatoes

July 2015 - A Marvelous Community Garden

July 2015 - Finally----the first ripe tomato

July 2015 - Is it Possible to overdose on peas?

July 2015 - The Garden in July --- I'm still planting!

June 2015 - And Just When Things Were Looking So Good...

June 2015 - Tomatoes, Cukes, and a Whimsical Onion

June 2015 - Trials and Tribulations in the Veggie Garden!

May 2015 - Trouble in Tomatoland!

May 2015 - Tomatoes are Claustrophobic

May 2015 - A Little Chilly, but it's Rhubarb Time!

May 2015 - Joan's Rhubarb Torte Recipe

April 2015 - "Ketchup and Fries" plant video

April 2015 - Early May in the Vegetable Garden

April 2015 - What Vegetables Can I Plant Now?

April 2015 - Making Salad Interesting

March 2015 - Ready... set... GROW!

March 2015 - Unusual Potatoes --- Not Just for Tots Anymore!

February 2015 - Next Month is Spring!

February 2015 - Greens to Grow 2015


September 2014 - Tomatomania Review 2014!

September 2014 - Tomatomania Results by Category or Cummulative

August 2014 - Kale! Kale! The Greens are Here! Click here for Recipe

August 2014 - The August Harvest Begins

July 2014 - Greens to Grow for Fall!!!  Click here for Spreadsheet

July 2014 - My Tomatoes are Blushing

June 2014 - Some Tomato Concerns

May 2014 - Garden Update --- the Cold Weather Experiment

May 2014 - Is it Time to Plant Tomatoes?

May 2014 - Vintage Veggies #4 and Vintage Veggies List 2014

April 2014 - A Chilly Spring... What Can I Plant Now?

March 2014 - Start Growing Your Own Food Right Now

February 2014 - Greens to Grow   Click here for Spreadsheet


October 2013 - Keep Calm and Garden On!

October 2013 - Autumn Vegetables

September 2013 - Tomato Popularity Poll Results Blog

September 2013 - Tomatomania Category and Cumulative Results

September 2013 - Tomatomania 2013 Blog, Video and T-Shirt

August 2013 - Greens to Grow and Spreadsheet

July 2013 - Spaghetti Squash

July 2013 - New Tomato and Zucchini Recipe Blog
July 2013 - Tomato and Zucchini Recipe

June 2013 - Cold Spring - What it Means for Vegetables
May 2013 - Tomatoes in Containers
May 2013 - Vintage Veggies 2013
April 2013 - My Tomato Garden Preview 2013
April 2013 - Don't Forget Rosemary!
April 2013 - It's Planting Time
March 2013 - Onions
March 2013 - Vintage Veggies
March 2013 - Greens to Grow Update
February 2013 - Hot Peppers
February 2013 - Grafted Tomatoes
February 2013 - Greens to Grow

September 2012 - Tomatomania Results
July 2012 - Compass Plant
July 2012 - Heat Wave
June 2012 - Okra
June 2012 - Potato Onion
May 2012 - Gas Plant

May 2012- My Tomato Garden
May 2012 - Vintage Veggie Fest
March 2012 - Growing Raspberries in SE Wisconsin
March 2012 - Winter Tomato Project
February 2012 - Success with Sweet Peppers
February 2012 - Vegetable Cukes Miniature
January 2012 - Tomatoes New Varieties

September 2011 -Tomatomania Review 
August 2011 - Tomatomania Preview
August 2011 - Racine Vegetable Garden Tour
Summer 2011 - Vegetables in my Garden
July 2011 - Vegetables - Squash and Tomatoes
June 2011 - Vegetables - Diseases made Simple
June 2011 - Vegetables - Container Growing
May 2011 - Vegetables - Squash and Tomatoes
April 2011 - Vintage Veggie Fest Event Preview
March 2011 - Vintage Veggie Fest Announcement

September 2010 - Tomatomania Review 
August 2010 - Flowers Late Summer Color
July 2010 Vegetables Cukes and Tomatoes
June 2010 Tomatoes New Varieties

September 2009 - Tomatoes End of Season Review 
September 2009 - Tomatomania Review
July 2009 - Tomatoes General and Fruit Set Problems
June 2009  - Tomatoes Fertilization
June 2009  - Tomatoes Personal Experience
May 2009 - Tomatoes General
May 2009 - Tomatoes Diseases
May 2009 - Tomatoes Selecting and Growing
April 2009 - Tomatoes General

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