We got our first Freeze Warning of the year for tonight, so the kids and I spent about two hours just before sunset harvesting everything from both gardens.
We picked six pumpkins. These are the ones that were labeled as "Blue #2" and were from a local lady. They started off yellow and gradually turned a deep waxy orange with pale splashed striping. They're pretty neat, squat, round, ridged, and indented at the stem... but they aren't blue. This from two seeds. The one in the photo at the top right was picked previously and I believe is a small Connecticut Field Pumpkin. We have one very large CT Field left but it's still green, so we left it outside wrapped in a blanket and we are hoping for the best.
The last of the usable harvest included a handful of different bean varieties, one acorn squash and half a dozen radishes. I left the carrots outside, but we do have a few of those left to harvest when there's more time.
The blueberry plant came back in the house, and since I never got around to actually planting the blackberry bushes, they came back in as well. I will try to manage them over winter and plant them out in the spring. I have all winter to decide where to plant them.
And then there were tomatoes... lots, and lots, and lots of tomatoes. Six buckets full of tomatoes... some ripe, most green, but it was pick them or they'd freeze... So, we're going to see about having fried green tomatoes tomorrow. I've watched the movie (loved it) but never actually tried them. I wonder if they're battered up like fried eggplant (also very nummy). The big bucket of mint also came back in the house. I know it would come back if we left it outside, but #2 has plans to make his own homemade mint extract that he can then share with friends and family and perhaps sell as well, so we want it to keep growing. I've also been wanting to add a few leaves to a jug of lemonade, despite the fact that I don't like mint.
I was perusing a Facebook forum that I admin, and came across an ad for kittens. While I am not in the market for a new kitten, this one really stood out to me. I've seen a lot of cats. I've done rescue work, I've volunteered at a shelter, and I've worked in a pet store... and I can honestly say that I have never seen one with markings quite like this. Of course, I had to inquire. What color is this kitten? Is she grey? Is she a calico? She's adorable, whatever color she is. And those big blue eyes! Turns out she's a barn cat at a local horse breeder's stable. Well, I'm a sucker for unique animals... So... Maybe she will be joining us in the future?
Among the tomato harvest today, I found two beautiful perfect Chocolate Stripes tomatoes.
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