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Old August 15, 2017   #1
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Default Happy Harvest ! Processing , Eating and Seed Collecting !

Happy Harvest , Eating , Processing, ...Seed Collecting !

Start Early ....and don't get caught with all the work later ...LOL

And don't forget to give some away also ...
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Old August 15, 2017   #2
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My big ones are barely starting to color up.
Best one is Black from Tula. Other than that, I've only had a few cherries.

Is your garden way ahead of mine?
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My big ones are barely starting to color up.
Best one is Black from Tula. Other than that, I've only had a few cherries.

Is your garden way ahead of mine?
um ...not to get into details....but Yes(possibly?) ..Very much so.

The dedicated ..overflow freezer is started to be filled and

I have started seed savings :

Have completed Seed Savings with Oxyclean ...method .

Seeds completed so far :

EM Champion , Velmozha, Dwarf Arctic Rose, Sarandipity , Yukon Quest ,
Zinulya, Zoltoe Serdtze, Zluta Kytice..Loxton Ladd , Budai Torpe , BrandyFred , Boronia . I have another 40 varieties I want to save for 2017 year .... phew.

I am ..starting to be get working early on this and process ....for seeds and food
and beg family to come and take a box every time they visit ...LOL
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my seeds are drying (prue, malachite box, esmeralda golosina, miel du mexique, olirose de saint domingues, azoychka, pink perl) while the big and late tomatoes are slowly ripening on the counter.
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my seeds are drying (prue, malachite box, esmeralda golosina, miel du mexique, olirose de saint domingues, azoychka, pink perl) while the big and late tomatoes are slowly ripening on the counter.
(Tsarskiy Lubimets)


Nice Work !

It sure is great to have ones special "private stock " of seeds available as

some varieties become difficult to find .....depending on the year ..



Today .....I process some 2017 seeds for

Dwarf Pink Passion

Black Cherry

Matina

BuckBee (Tatiana's one)





AND give a bunch of fruit away .....LOL


and process more ...
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So far only Hardin's Miniature, Post Office Spoonful, and Anna Maria's Heart have been processed. This is a VERY late year for my plants, so I am still waiting on Keepsake, Medova Kaplya, Orange Russian 117, Orange Strawberry, Dotson's Lebanese Heart, Black Cherry, and Tommy Toe.

Today I drag gallons of frozen tomatoes out of the freezer and Mum & I make tomato soup. Mmm... Wish us luck; it's our first ever attempt at 'mater soup.

Black Bear, as I understand it you garden in containers and you have at least 52 varieties??? That's a lotta pots!

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So far only Hardin's Miniature, Post Office Spoonful, and Anna Maria's Heart have been processed. This is a VERY late year for my plants, so I am still waiting on Keepsake, Medova Kaplya, Orange Russian 117, Orange Strawberry, Dotson's Lebanese Heart, Black Cherry, and Tommy Toe.

Today I drag gallons of frozen tomatoes out of the freezer and Mum & I make tomato soup. Mmm... Wish us luck; it's our first ever attempt at 'mater soup.

Black Bear, as I understand it you garden in containers and you have at least 52 varieties??? That's a lotta pots!

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yesterday

Finished collecting oxyclean process :

,,,BuckBee (Tatiana's)
Black Cherry
Matina
Dwarf Pink Passion

Rose Quartz Multiflora
Ditmarsher
Fuzzy Wuzzy
Silvery Fir

Today August 17

Rejina Red
Rejina Yellow
Yellow Pygmy
Chibikko


I am on track this year ... so Labor day weekend and possible change in weather is under control.

Giving away and overflow into the Freezer ...some stove top processing.


I tried to keep it to "40 " varieties this year ....but there were additions (as usual )
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Pics of my mom's "braggin' 'maters." These are Big Beef. The big one on the scale is 1 lb, 11+ oz.
mum's 1lb 11oz tomato_resized.jpgmums braggin maters_resized(1).jpg


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Pics of my mom's "braggin' 'maters." These are Big Beef. The big one on the scale is 1 lb, 11+ oz.
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WOW ! The best time of the year for Tomato recipes ...fresh ...sandwiches etc. etc.
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I'm amazed! Of my 100 kinds, chosen because they are earlies, I have had tomatoes from 14, and sometimes only one so far.

Is all of Nanaimo blessed with good tomato growing conditions?

Maybe I need to rent a plot up there - it's less than two hours to drive and sounds like I could pick all I need in one or two trips.
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I'm amazed! Of my 100 kinds, chosen because they are earlies, I have had tomatoes from 14, and sometimes only one so far.

Is all of Nanaimo blessed with good tomato growing conditions?

Maybe I need to rent a plot up there - it's less than two hours to drive and sounds like I could pick all I need in one or two trips.
I think possibly ..from Nanoose Bay to Comox Valley is very blessed .


For me it kind of was a crappy season in some ways .....

very late spring ..I delayed everything being placed out .....

and then It was ridiculous record breaking hot and even ...SMOKE ...from the

The Record B.C. Forest fires ....smoking even us out on the coast ...even Seattle !

I am Gravitating to container gardening ...but miss a big ground plot.


I don't know what to say .....I am giving much away .....the dedicated Freezer is

filling up ....I am eating Tomatoes intregrated in every meal (just about ).


the Last couple of days I have continued to collect the seeds as well and oxyclean treat for the private stock 2017 :
Venus , Hahm's Gelbe , Roza Vetrov, Yaponskiy Karlik , Sophie's Choice , Red Dwarf , Bonte Tigerette , Bloody Butcher . I am getting close to just enjoying the rest of the season and the
Seed collecting tasks will be finished ...pheeewww !
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I am a little north of Black Bear and I too have been getting lot of tomatoes from my 18 varieties (under 40 plants) container grown. As Bear says, a mixed up season to start with but hot and dry for a long while now. Lots given away and have been canning them too.

I found that this year they ripened weeks later than in previous years, even last year which was a cooler wetter summer. Some of mine are going to finish early due to powdery mildew.

The figs were a full month later than in the last few years, too. Apples are dropping early due to the dryness. Every year is different.
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I am a little north of Black Bear and I too have been getting lot of tomatoes from my 18 varieties (under 40 plants) container grown. As Bear says, a mixed up season to start with but hot and dry for a long while now. Lots given away and have been canning them too.

I found that this year they ripened weeks later than in previous years, even last year which was a cooler wetter summer. Some of mine are going to finish early due to powdery mildew.

The figs were a full month later than in the last few years, too. Apples are dropping early due to the dryness. Every year is different.
Just don't forget .....we can have those "non summer " coastal summers so you have to be prepared for them also .......I am welcoming the cooler weather now .

The Hot middle summer ...was to much for the tomatoes and for me...
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BlackBear, I love your first post! 'Tis the season

Dioudiou, that's just what my dining room looks like, and it's spread to the kitchen now...

And Nan your Mom is so cute; that's a great harvest photo! She looks a little bashful
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Just a little advice, please fold those paper towels to a pocket with the seeds in it so no seed can escape and mix with others. They will dry fine inside the pocket.
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