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Troubles in the Garden….

Here is a shot of today’s harvest! I am getting so many yummy yellow pear tomatoes it’s so great. This basket went next door to PeeK’s (Paul, Kerry, Erin and Ellen). We are planning to make stuffed bell peppers for dinner tomorrow. I found a great brown rice recipe that we’ll try. We are also going to make some more salsa as the first batch was great and everyone wants more!

I am having trouble with my red tomatoes. I had to tear out two plants because the tomatoes were orange for about 3 weeks now and not turning red. The entire plants looked like they were dying, I think they have blight. That is a vegetable disease that attacks the plant and you have to remove it or it will spread to all of your tomatoes, so we’ll see. I hope that is the end of that but honestly my red tomatoes aren’t doing too well. Here is some info on blight: Humble Gardener on Blight

My tomatoes probably got it because I planted too many, too close (they need air circulation!) and watering them on the foliage. I know better! Since there are so many in my garden they are growing like wildfire and they are all on top of each other etc… Not allowing any air circulation, so live and learn…..I just hope the rest make it okay.

Finally landed a job 🙂 I start with United Health Care Group on 8/2 so that will probably help the garden too — I probably over tend it.


Onions are nearing harvest…..

These red onions I am growing are looking so healthy! I do wish I had not planted them all at the same time, I got a little over excited ……. I should have at least done them a week apart – oh well live and learn. I have read that they will be ready to pick when the green parts there begin to droop and lay on the ground, according to when I planted them they should be ready to harvest in about a week so we’ll see. I also have to read more about harvesting them because some onions need to dry out before they can be eaten too, so more research is required.

The big question is: Why do onions make you cry?

When you cut into an onion, the cell walls are damaged releasing a sulfur compound called propanethial-S-oxide which floats into the air. This compound is converted into sulfuric acid when it comes in contact with water which is why it stings your eyes. Chilling inactivates the propanethial-S-oxide so it does not float into the air. Thus, no tears.

To keep eyes dry when chopping onions, try chilling peeled onions in the refrigerator before chopping. To get the onion smell off of your hands, rub with lemon juice or vinegar. To freshen onion breath, chew a little parsley or a coffee bean.

Enjoy your onions!

Charlie wishes you a great week! Don’t worry about the garden, he’ll keep an eye out.