Wednesday, October 22, 2014
October Tomatoes and Tobacco Blooms
I am just about finished tearing the garden down now. I finally got all the wire and line removed from the Tomato section and started pulling up all the stakes from other rows and such. I still need to take up the bean and cucumber trellis and fish all the sheet metal covers out and then brush hog the entire thing and burn the remaining stalks and vines.
I never have gotten a straight 100% answer from anyone about Tomato vines being poisonous or not. For every reference or person who says they are there are just as many who say they are not. I guess I just won't risk it though.
The Tobacco is still blooming and I went around to collect some seeds from them today. I will occasionally see a bee working the Tobacco blooms but for the most part only the Hummingbirds really went to town on them and they are long gone now.
The blooms dry up into these little pods that I think look a lot like rosebuds, only brown of course. You then can just pick a "bud" and roll it between your fingers and let the little seeds fall into a packet. There are hundreds of the seeds in each bud.
The Tobacco plants do a good job of keeping a number of pests, including the dreaded Hornworms, off my Tomatoes and seem to attract hummingbirds so well I just keep planting them.
Hard to believe it but I am still getting Tomatoes.
They are barely kymber sized but edible. Someday I should actually look into doing something with all the green tomatoes we have left over in the Fall but I never seem to get around to it. There is just always too much else to do this time of year.
Perhaps someday if this decline reverses itself I can buy a bit of retirement sand down South and just write about how I did it back in the day (or wish I had). Of course it will have to be on my own retirement money not the taxpayer's dime. Right now however I got to get the Winter preps done and all those little things that come up with a sustainable homestead. It seems like every step I get finished two more brush fires pop up before I can move on to the next project.
Anyway lunchtime is over back to work.
Keep Prepping Everyone!!!