9.25.2007

When Your Garden Gives You Tomatoes...

...Make pizza sauce, tacos, salads, spaghetti sauce, salsa, can them, and don't plant as many next year! Our kitchen has been entirely overrun with tomatoes. There are 24 pounds on the kitchen counter, and that's after using the largest pot in the kitchen (holds 8 quarts) to make a large batch of spaghetti/pizza sauce yesterday. Tomorrow I'm going to dig out my Mom's stock pot and try to use up the rest of them. That should also fix the fruit fly problem that's developed. I haven't been able to find an effective way to get rid of fruit flies other than removing the food that they're attracted to.

The peppers are coming along nicely; I'm excited to have red peppers this year instead of green. It sure takes a lot of patience, waiting for them to turn red, though. Speaking of patience, I'm rapidly losing mine with that nasty little chippy that keeps digging in my garden. I'm currently considering mixing up cement and using that to fill in his hole.

One of the Clematis plants seems to be dying, so I took a cutting, dipped it in root hormone, and put it in Miracle-Gro Potting Mix. I've never tried this method of rooting before and it will be interesting to see how it turns out.
The Lemon Balm finally rooted, and has been planted in a small container. Once the weather cools off a bit I'll check out the larger plant that's outside and either divide it or trim the rootball and repot it.

That's All For Now~
Sarah

2 comments:

Bare Bones Gardener said...

Try just using honey instead of buying root hormone, works just as well

Sarah said...

Thanks for the suggestion. I will try that the next time I start a cutting.