First, thank you all for your kind words and condolences with respect to our loss of Torre. So kind and dear of you to send words of comfort.
And now...on to other things!
So, what in the world does this (notice the missing feet....)
Have to do with this?
Panty hose makes the BEST tomato ties!! It's stretchy,offers cushion to tomato stems, it's strong....and it's cheap or even free. Of course, as a just-before-the-baby-boomers retiree, I have scads of panty hose left over from those "career days" and am happy to find a use for them, aside from straining paint! But, if we were to run out, it's a lot cheaper to buy panty hose (the knee-highs are best) than tomato cages! With respect to those cages, we are trying out a new method of staking this year using what we have around the farm. We're using Re-bar and wooden stakes horizontally tied with baling twine. Like this:
We had so many tomato plants this year that buying cages was simply out of the question...even if they worked! Which in our experience, they don't.
I'll keep you posted on our success or lack thereof! Experiments are always dicey!
Yesterday marked the beginning of the "canning season." As hot as it was throughout the day, it made me wish we'd planned for a summer kitchen--the kind old-timers used to (sensibly) have when woodstoves and coal stoves provided the only source of cooking heat. On the other hand, with MM having designed and built our house, our naturally cooled interior was a tolerable 73 degrees (without air conditioning), while outside it was 93 degrees in the shade. We finished the day with fourteen quarts of a greens combo of Swiss Chard and Beet Greens which will be so tasty this coming winter. Today, we'll add to that number and then tomorrow will be the day we can (bottle) beets which are all about 2.5 inches in diameter right now--perfect for preserving!
Sunset last night was a welcome relief after a steamy kitchen all day.