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Monday, October 06, 2008

Tomatoes from our garden

The temperature has now dipped to an autumn like 70's during the day and could go as low as 40's in the evening. We are now keeping a watch for the first frost so we can take up the remaining tomatoes, basil, green beans and opo squash from the garden. Until that time, they are all still going strong and putting out a good harvest every week. I can't believe there are still a number of tomatoes on the vine that are green and healthy looking.

One of the drawbacks for having so much tomatoes in the kitchen is the gnats. It drives me and the girls crazy and don't really know how to get rid of them. We've tried washing the tomatoes before bringing them in, but since we don't put them in the refrigerator but rather leave them out on the counter when we're not freezing them, we still get those little irritating flies. I've also noticed that at dusk the moths, gnats and whatever other bugs are out there, start swarming. My husband has been talking about getting moth traps for inside the house. I don't think there's anything we can do with the swarm outside other than to stay away from them.

But, like I tell the girls. Bugs and gardening go together and one wouldn't exist without the other. We just have to live with them. A small price to pay for having fresh and home grown vegetables.

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