Well, today our peppers and tomatoes were drooped like crazy from the first freeze. I went ahead and harvested all the fruit except the green traveler’s tomatoes because that plant had minimal damage (I did harvest from the damaged branches. Here is a photo of our tomato/pepper loot from today. I also have a pile of large traveler’s tomatoes that fell off while rearranging the vine last week that are about to turn red. I’m thinking salsa!
I plan to dry the cayenne peppers for medicinal use – will they still be worthwhile since they are harvested green? The others are green bell, jalapeno and I the name of the long large peppers slips my mind (I’ll update this post when I remember!).
The 16 eggs are also from today. We were down to about 5 or 6 a day and could not figure out why. Then we noticed the roosters were literally harassing the hens and fighting over them to mate. We slaughtered four roosters this past weekend and the next day our egg production increased to 12 eggs, 13 eggs and today 16. We’re back! Click here to read about the slaughter from the perspective of the cook!
I took photos of the garden and the damage that I’ll post sometime over the next few days at www.blushfamilyfarm.com.
How did your garden fare in the freeze, Texans?
Since tumblr is jammed up today, I’m adding some additional photos here instead of the Blush Family Farm blog (not of the freeze, just the loot). In hindsight I decided to harvest the rest of the travelers tomatoes so the plant could focus on healing itself totally, even though it was minimally damaged. I’ve added photo of the loot updated with the new tomatoes as well as a small bunch that had fallen off the vine last week and is nearly ripe. The second photo is baby Aliana snagging a tomato for a snack!