A post I wrote about growing great tomatoes was recently featured on the lovely blog (and one of this month’s sponsors!) Black Fox Homestead – http://blackfoxhomestead.com/blog/ . Here is part one and part two of that post.
Having that post be brought up again got me thinking. What if your tomatoes don’t turn out great? What if you put in a bunch of effort and time and your tomatoes end up with blossom end rot – http://vegetablemdonline.ppath.cornell.edu/factsheets/Tomato_BlossRt.htm or they start cracking – http://alternative-energy-gardning.blogspot.com/2013/04/why-do-tomatos-crack.html on the vine? What then? The sad part is that these problems don’t start rearing their ugly heads until you have ripe (or almost ripe) tomatoes on the vine. However, there are some things that you can do.
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Blossom End Rot
Greenbacks/ Green Shoulders
HOWEVER, enough with the bad news and negative vibes.
What is more likely to happen is that you’ll have a bumper crop of tomatoes and you won’t know what to do with them all. So, when that happens, here is a great, easy recipe to try.
- Balsamic vinegar works great in place of the red wine vinegar.
- Adding basil or oregano is also delicious.
- Feta or fresh mozzarella also accompanies the flavors in this salad really well.
- Salad can be served warm or cold.
Books on the Topic:
Growing Tomatoes – Growing Tomato Plants, A Useful Guide For The Home Gardener For Great Tasting Tomatoes (Do You Want To Know About) – http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B009Y4QU9S/ref=as_li_qf_sp_asin_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B009Y4QU9S&linkCode=as2&tag=fivelitthome-20
You Bet Your Garden Guide to Growing Great Tomatoes: How to Grow Great Tasting Tomatoes in Any Backyard, Garden, or Container – http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1565237102/ref=as_li_qf_sp_asin_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=1565237102&linkCode=as2&tag=fivelitthome-20
From the Farm Blog Hop – http://thismindbeinyou.com/2013/05/from-the-farm-blog-hop-35.html
Frugally Sustainable – http://frugallysustainable.com/2013/06/frugal-days-sustainable-ways-75/
Wildcrafting Wednesday – http://www.theselfsufficienthomeacre.com/2013/06/wildcrafting-wednesday-23.html
The Backyard Farming Connection – http://www.backyardfarmingconnection.com/2013/06/the-backyard-farming-connection-35.html
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