Wednesday, August 20, 2014
I Smell Like a Tomato
There is just no end to these Tomatoes right now. I diced up another 16 cups worth (After dicing) this evening which may not sound like a lot but is a pretty good haul of ripe Tomatoes in just a few days. I know there are more out there ripe and ready to pick again too.
These pictured are a type I been growing a few years now named Purple Russians. They are good for dicing and making sauces and paste because after you blanch em you can squeeze em slightly and they pretty much shoot right out of their skins like a bullet. It cuts down on the precessing time by a huge amount.
Time is at a premium right now. Luckily this is also the slow season for car shuttle jobs as well.
To make time matters worse Sandwich the Ewe stuck her nose on the business end of either one of Kymber's Canadian vipers or a spider from one of Tolkien's books because it swelled up to the size of a balloon. Luckily it was only the top part of her nose and didn't block her windpipe but she certainly hasn't felt well today. The Vet said we should just watch her and make sure she kept breathing properly and to check her every hour or so. The heat has really been coming on and without nasal passages to breath the little girl had to slow down a lot.
She spent a large part of her time laying in the shade today or deep in the barn where she didn't have to exert herself. In this heat all the sheep begin breathing hard all the time. Another reason I fenced in the area behind the barn and just leave them to come and go as they please right now. They are actually much more active at night in these temps.
I started picking the first of my dried beans I will use as seed stock for next year today and then some unexpected and not in the forecast storm blew in which ruined all my outside work. I will have to wait until tomorrow when things dry out once again.
Busy Busy busy is all I can say but the more I get put away the less we spend on groceries this Winter and the more we have. Makes for a long day and an aching back.
Oh ya I have a question. Any of you pig owners out there ever seen or had your pigs eat Tomato Plants? I been getting conflicting information about whether Tomato plants are poisonous to pigs or not and I am thinking about getting a couple to keep in my garden area over Winter. I would prefer to not have to pull all the old Tomato vines out if I didn't have to.
Keep Prepping Everyone!!!