Wednesday, 9 January 2013

Pasta sauce from the garden...

This morning is a little cooler than it has been for the past week or more...  I awoke to about 20C (~70F) and it should should remain less than 30C all day.

After more than a week of mostly 40+ (and up to 47+) degrees   (104F and 117F) and the work that is needed to keep the garden alive, it feels good to have a "day off" for it will be back to more hot weather  later in the week.  I have been watering, covering, uncovering (to allow air flow to reduce downy mildew) and moving mulch as necessary.  Summer is definitely becoming the season for minimal garden production and the storage of winter crops for use during the summer is becoming essential.

The garden is looking green and healthy...
 ... though the tomatoes are having difficulty ripening...
the green colour fades,  but they won't turn red until it is cool enough...  they turn white!
"Temperature alone can affect tomato fruits, however. When daytime temperatures reach 95 F, tomatoes stop producing red pigment, so may ripen to orange. When daytime temperatures exceed 100 F and nighttime temperatures are in the 80s, the ripening process itself slows down, and tomatoes seem to stop maturing."

The zucchinis are ok,  as long as they are protected from the heat during the day and are able to "dry out" overnight....
.... the corn is about to flower....
 ... and by next week I should be eating eggplants....
 ... and beans (strange combination!)

This morning I picked a few more vegetables....
... and I'll be making pasta sauce for dinner.  (The onions and garlic came from the garden a few weeks ago,  and are in my kitchen store.)
I still have a few eggs (the chickens were killed by a fox just before Christmas and the new ones won't be here for a while yet) and I'll be making ricotta dumplings (I had some milk that needed using up a few days ago, so I have home made ricotta cheese) and a zucchini/garlic/herb sauce to go with them.

Update:  Ricotta dumplings with vegetable & herb sauce...














... and it was very good   :)

No comments: