I had a kitchen garden this year. I didn’t plan it, I didn’t even plant it, but it was there.
It was a total surprise and gift from mother nature, that I accepted with gratitude.
Bushes and bushes of tomatoes growing in my flower bed….
Remember when in I worked hard in my garden for one day earlier this year? And then sort of neglected my garden for the rest of the season?
Well this is how I was rewarded for at least doing something: tomato plants in my flower bed. One day in May I was looking at this flowerbed totally ashamed because it was completely overgrown with weeds. Then I took a closer look and realized that most of those weeds were actually tomato plants growing out of control.
I’m not a hundred percent sure how they got there. Probably from the homemade compost that I threw in there in Spring.
Anyway once I recognized them I tied those plants up on to some stakes and let them grow on.
And they did their thing. Giving us a wide variety of tomatoes. We didn’t have a warm or sunny summer here, so most of them took their time in becoming red. Which was actually just right because that way there were always just enough red tomatoes to fill up our salad bowl.
But this Indian summer we have had recently, sped up the process big time and all of a sudden I had more red tomatoes on my hand than we could eat in a week.
And there were still so many green ones too, that will not ripen anymore, now that the Fall storms have arrived.
So I decided to not let any of them go to waste and Just do It! Harvest all of those tomatoes and get them into my kitchen.
Green tomato chutney in the making. I never made green tomato chutney before. In fact I never made chutney, period. But it was a soothing and relaxing thing to do. Chopping and stirring, and chopping some more.
I think a pot full of green tomatoes looks even better than one with red ones. I just loved that green!
After a lot of chopping and stirring and waiting while good smells wafted through the house I ended up with four pots of green tomato chutney and one pot of red tomato relish.
Hmm I think this will be great to eat with some French cheese on a cold Sunday afternoon…..
While I was at it, I decided to harvest the rest of my ‘crop’ too. I had to, because my apples were falling from the tree.
We have one small apple tree in the back of our garden. It never did so well, until I really gave it a good pruning this winter. Apparently apple trees love to be pruned because this year she was almost caving under the weight of the apples.
This load got put away to take with us to work, but I also made an apple pie.
Which is now already a memory preserved here on my blog, because that apple pie is long gone now.
It was good!!!!
And the peppers weren’t going to get any redder than this. So I collected them too.
I strung them on some wire to let them dry (and then I touched my nose, owe, bad idea, that stung like hell, a fiery hell).
I love how this string of red peppers looks in my kitchen. Makes me feel all Mediterranean.
I am so glad I gave up on all other plans I had for the weekend and just took the time to do this, and do it now. I am sure if I had waited any longer the winds and rains and cold would have spoiled my little crop.
Some jobs don’t wait for you to be ready for them, if it is the right time, don’t think about it and just do it!
Do you have a kitchen garden? And is your harvest safe from Fall weather? Did you ever discover 15 tomato plants in your garden that you didn’t plant?
And what job, can you think of, around your house that really needs to be done now? Come on, think! and than just do it and Get it Done!
I am writing a series of 31 days to Get it Done! You can find all the posts in this series here.
On the first day I explained in detail what this series is about and what I am going to do, find that post and all the posts since then in order here.
PS Please help me, what do I do with four pots of green tomato chutney? I could only think of the combo with a cheese platter, but there must be more uses for it. I can only eat so much cheese without turning into someone twice my size.