Thursday, September 18, 2008

A beautiful sight indeed.

We have reached the end of the growing season, it seems. T informed me this morning we're expecting a frost tonight. Luckily, we only have tomatoes and parsley left in the main garden. We've got a few small green peppers in the bed in front of our shed.

I harvested the rest of our basil yesterday. That was the most aromatic beautiful basket of green ever seen. We cleaned it and put it through the salad spinner a few times (Monkey loved helping spin - I think we've got our official salad spinner next year!). I let it sit in the basket for a couple hours to make sure all of the water was gone. I spun it a bit more and then wrapped it all in paper towels. I put the rolled towels into a resealable storage bag, squeezed out as much air as I could and tossed the whole thing into the refrigerator. I did this with my parsley last year and it lasted approximately 2 months. Hopefully, it will be as effective for the basil!

T is planning on using a tarp to cover the tomatoes and remaining parsley to protect them from the frost tonight. I'll be running around with old sheets to protect my flowers and pumpkins.

Like I said yesterday... Winter is coming.


Rabid Outdoorsman said...

Winter is coming!?!?! What about Fall! Certainly I didn't miss Fall!?!?!

Jodi said...

Fall isn't long enough. It's quite depressing because it is my favorite season.

maine momma of 3 (formally: stayathomemommy from maine) said...

You can tell we live in Maine... a bunch of us running around covering plants and thinking about winter in September!!!!

Your basil looks AWESOME!!! I just hung mine up to dry, didn't realize it would keep so long in the fridge.

Jodi said...

We spent an hour outside covering plants and pumpkins. lol

I don't know for sure that the basil will keep that long in the fridge. This is the first year we have any. I don't think it will last that long, anyways. I'll probably be using it all for the last hoorah of tomato sauce in the next 2 weeks (and by last hoorah, I mean the 15 batches I'll have to make in a 3 day period to get all of my tomatoes taken care of! :-O

We've been told it looses a lot of its flavor when you dry it which is why I didn't bother trying that this year (I don't have enough for that experiment to be honest). Let me know how it turns out!

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