Yes, you can freeze tomatoes whole skin on! Perhaps you have an abundance of tomatoes, or like me you have a generous friend with an AMAZING garden who has given you an abundance of tomatoes. Or maybe you have heard that tomatoes from the farmers market, put up for the winter, are better than any canned tomatoes you can buy. But, you don’t have time to can or don’t know how. That would be me. Thus, I often decided to freeze tomatoes whole skin on. Let me tell you, this is EASY PEASY!
Read below….so FEW steps!
It’s August and those of us who garden might be encountering tomato blossom end rot. Yuk! What to do? As I’ve mentioned in earlier posts, I like to keep things simple. So here is what I do to battle this nasty disease.
If this is the case for you, never fear, the plant may still have time to produce some good fruit. Pick off this bad fruit and toss it. And then fertilize your plant with a fertilizer that is made for tomatoes. Why one for tomatoes? Because it will have just a tad more calcium than a fertilizer made for “all vegetables”. See this post of mine for what I use. I keep the fertilizing process very simple in my garden. First, I’m not a master gardener so keeping it simple works better for me. And, I have a very busy life with my full time job, caring for my mother and my volunteering gigs so “keeping it simple” is my garden way. Also I have a fairly small gardening budget so I can’t spent a lot on fertilizer (and some are very expensive).
So why is this blossom end rot occurring? I believe
It is the beginning of August here in Colorado and we just had a bunch of rain. Rain is good. I love rain. And cucumbers love rain. But tomatoes don’t. They like having drier soil. And, with all this rain, the nutrients have leeched out of the soil. I have 8 tomato plants in my garden. This morning I found that 1/2 were showing signs of distress. One had a few fruits with blossom end rot and the other had some leaves that were yellowing on the bottom of the plant. What to do? I kept it simple by sprinkling a bit of fertilizer around the base of each tomato plant this morning, then I watered the fertilizer in. That’s all. In the past it has helped my ailing tomatoes.
I’m not a master gardener so please,
Learn all about the how and why of canning food at home. The workshop focuses on canning safety, types of equipment, and proper canning methods for both boiling water baths and pressure canners. $35 fee for non members.
||August 5, 2014
||Canning 101 at Hudson Gardens
Yes, I Am A Murderer
Yes, I am a murderer. And if you want to be one too, then here’s a gardening quick tip to get rid of those stinkers in your garden.
I find it necessary to get rid of a few dirty devils in my garden. And since I want to be organic sensitive, I use this. Buy a premixed bottle of this. Buy a bottle of concentrate. When your premixed bottle runs out, add more. Do follow the directions on your bottle. Mine says to add 3 teaspoons to a 24 oz bottle and fill the rest of it up with water. If you find something chewing on a plant, insecticidal soap has to be used every other day (if not every day) until the problem is over with. My friend Patricia, who lives on the beautiful Island of Kauai tells me she needs to use it about every day. If you don’t use organic, those insecticidal products last much longer. But I’d prefer to stay as organic as possible, so I go for the soap. You can also make your own soap using household products. I’ll share that later.
Here’s a picture of what I recently had to use this on. I killed him. Yes, I am a murderer.
Be Aware: Not All Lavender Can Be Grown in the Front Range
Only $12.49!!! Soooo tempting. But learn your zone. It won’t come up again here in Colorado
Once in a blue moon I want to get ticked off at gardening centers and big box stores that sell a variety of herbs that won’t come up again next spring. Ok. I’m glad they sell them, but I think they need to do a better job of telling its customers that they are NOT perennials. For example: (more…)
Squeezing Lemons and Limes
Here’s a quick cooking tip for when you’ll be squeezing lemons.
When needing to squeeze a lemon or lime for it’s juice, stick it in the microwave for about TEN seconds. Roll it on the counter a few times, slice it in half and squeeze away! If you want to get every last drop, place your cut lime between the handle of a kitchen tong and apply pressure.