Spicy…

My folks and I had a wonderful time last night canning up some surplus tomatoes…

The victims…5 boxes of home-grown tomatoes.

 

Popping the skin off them by boiling them in water for a few minutes and then…

 

plunging them into ice-water and pulling the skins right off.

Dad had the wonderful job of cutting out the cores while mom chopped them into bite sized bits.

 

We added the other ingredients and started the cooking process.

 

We then put the salsa into hot jars and put seals and lids on them…
(ready to go outside to the hot water bath canner.)

 

The set up outside…

 

The first batch! I love listening to the seals “burp” as they stick to the glass!

 

We had an amazing moon to can under as well. All lit up from the fires burning near.

 

The rest of the guys did a little relaxing…

 

 

The finished product!

 

We ended up with 24 pints of salsa, not too bad for our first go around!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(Almost) Friday Farm Daze…

I know it’s not quite Friday but it’s as good as it gets this week!  ;0)

Here’s a couple of my favorites from the past two weeks…

Sawyer's Birthday with his papa's and dad

Sawyer's Birthday with his papa's and dad

 

My dad found this tiny egg in his nesting box, the three bigger eggs are normal size!

My dad found this tiny egg in his nesting box, the three bigger eggs are normal size!

 

Big Clouds at Sunset

Big Clouds at Sunset

 

Sunny Yellow Daisies

Sunny Yellow Daisies

 

Daughters with Father

Daughters with Father

Lots of pictures and not much time= Slide Show…

Friday Farm Daze…

Catching up on a busy week…

Dugur on alert...

Dugur on alert...

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Daisy
Daisy

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One year ago today...

One year ago today...

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Lambs on pasture...

Lambs on pasture...

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Leeks...
Leeks…

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Columbine...

Columbine...

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Pinata fun...

Pinata fun...

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Weeding...

Weeding...

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Needed:Bird netting
Needed:Bird Netting

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Bird

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Iris

Iris

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Boys n' Dogs...

Boys n' Dogs...

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Shorn

Shorn

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Peaceful evenings...

Peaceful evenings...

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Cherry 'maters
Cherry ‘maters

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First's...

First's...

Frosty…

Saturday's Sunset

Saturday's Sunset

Sunday morning we woke up to a frozen patch in the pasture where we had turned the “pivot” (aka the sprinkle) on in the pasture.  The frost also tresspassed in the garden and toasted the ends of a couple of tomatoes and a few various cucumber and squash starts but really everything else looked pretty good.

  The last 2 nights I transplanted 100+ tomato plants into the garden that were given to us for free.  Sounds pretty good huh?  Well they all came in a single flat…

A single flat of tomatoes

Half of the single flat of tomatoes

But being very frugal minded I figured I wouldn’t pass on a chance for free tomatoes.  I figure if any of them live it will be a nice bonus, if they all live I will be in tomato heaven and if none survive well… I’m not out too much!

A mat of tomatoes...

A mat of tomatoes...

So as you can see they are pretty intertwined with one another and looking a little stressed so I figured if they were going to go in this week would be a good time as it has been a bit cooler than the last couple of weeks.  I started with a sharp knife and cut out a little group of them…

A smaller group ready to be broken into single plants...

A smaller group ready to be broken into single plants...

Then I gently pulled and sometimes cut through the roots to free the individual plants and tried to maintain somewhat of a root ball.  Some plants ended up with a descent amount of roots while others where a bit twiggish.

Not too bad...this one ended up with quite a bit of root.

Not too bad...this one ended up with quite a bit of root.

Then I pruned off all the lower branches and dug a deep hole, burying them up to the first row of leaves left on the plant.  Tomatoes will form adventitious roots along their main stem, so if you have leggy tomatoes you can shear off the bottom section of leaves and bury them quite deeply and they will form roots all up the stems where they are buried.

All done-just needs a good drink!

All done-just needs a good drink!

 This guy here I could have probably buried deeper but I think it’ll pull through just fine.  It will definitely be interesting to see what happens with these guys!  Hopefully it will stay cool the next couple of days to help settle them in as the heat would probably just wilt them down.  When I was all finished I ended up with 2 double rows of tomatoes, planted fairly thickly-so we’ll see!

One double row of tomatoes...

One of the double row of tomatoes...

 

It even set in and rained, giving the tomatoes a much needed mist...

It even set in and rained, giving the tomatoes a much needed mist...

Everything looked so beautiful…

garden
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tomatoes, peas, peas
 
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more garden
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Then this morning…………….

Oh no!!! Tell me it isn't true!

Oh no!!! Tell me it isn't true!

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A frosty trail...

A frosty trail...

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Frost in between the strawberry rows

Frost in between the strawberry rows

Phew!  Most of them look pretty good this morning and only have a touch of frost that they should be able to pull out of.  However most of my vineys look pretty bad and a couple of my big tomatoes really got hit hard…

This one's a goner...

This one's a goner...

But just a little further down the row this one just got nipped  AND LOOK…
Look what's peeking out...

Look what's peeking out...

The first tomato of the season!

Bad Basil...

Bad Basil...

The basil got hit a little hard though, but I think if I cut it back it will come back as the bottom leaves still look fine.
Corn still looks good though!

Corn still looks good though!

The potatoes got a bit nipped too but I think they will be ok and everything else seems to be doing well, I guess we will see as the day goes on.