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RE: Gettin' cold

I have pulled up tomato plants and hung them in the garage.  They continued
to ripen until around Thanksgiving and the fruit was good...not as
wonderful as hot summer tomatoes but better than greenhouse.

> [Original Message]
> From: Johnson Cyndi D Civ 95 CG/SCSRT <cyndi.johnson@edwards.af.mil>
> To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
> Date: 10/26/2006 12:48:07 PM
> Subject: RE: [CHAT] Gettin' cold
> I've never tried the trick with pulling up the whole plant - usually
> what I have left at the end of the year is six feet tall and at least as
> wide, tangled up with all the other plants in the same row. I've done
> the storage thing in boxes, it works okay but of course with the very
> greenest ones you might as well fry them up since the quality suffers so
> much as they ripen. 
> The gardens we're going to tomorrow have a website:
> http://www.robinson-gardens.com/ and I'll let y'all know what I think of
> them. 
> Cyndi
> -----Original Message-----
> From: owner-gardenchat@hort.net [mailto:owner-gardenchat@hort.net] On
> Behalf Of pdickson
> Sent: Thursday, October 26, 2006 9:09 AM
> To: gardenchat@hort.net
> Subject: Re: [CHAT] Gettin' cold
> Cyndi,
> I too have so many peppers that I need to get picked.  I had planted
> some fall tomatoes then when I went off to Houston we had a frost.  The
> leaves are all mush.  I have not yet picked the green fruit.  In the
> past I have picked them and put them in cardboard boxes with newspapers
> in between... 
> but I read that if you hang the entire plant they will keep that way
> too. 
> Which is better?  I pulled up an entire pepper plant and took it to my
> neighbor... she is a fellow gardener... she was excited to share with
> friends at work.  It is funny how easy it is to share what looks like
> too much work to keep!
> Let me know what you think of the garden you are visiting.  When I visit
> my sister in CA we are always looking for neat gardens to visit.
> Tricia
> zone 6b
> western Ok
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Johnson Cyndi D Civ 95 CG/SCSRT" <cyndi.johnson@edwards.af.mil>
> To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
> Sent: Thursday, October 26, 2006 10:56 AM
> Subject: [CHAT] Gettin' cold
> > We're still holding off on the first frost but it's definitely getting
> > chilly. I picked another gallon or so of basil Tuesday night and saw
> > some of the leaves getting that cold-nipped look. I doubt I'll pick
> any
> > more; the quality of what's left isn't as good and I don't have the
> time
> > to sort through it all. I also picked two big baskets of poblano
> > peppers, Anaheim peppers, and jalapenos. Made some chile rellenos and
> I
> > was going to roast and freeze the rest of the poblanos. But then I
> > figured I would take a few into work. Who knew my officemates were
> > secretly starving for chiles? The pleading faces got to me and I've
> > given away pounds of chiles in the last couple days. There's still
> > plenty to roast. I probably won't dry any, I have done it in the past
> > but then I don't use them. Oh and chipotle batch number two failed, we
> > didn't put enough water in the smoker before leaving for work and came
> > back to charcoal chipotles. I still have maybe a pound or two of red
> > jalapenos so we can do another batch if I want, or maybe I might try
> > making hot sauce.
> > I can see the leaves on the pepper plants also starting to get that
> > wilted look that means too much cold. If it will hold off until Sunday
> I
> > can get all the rest of the peppers in the house. And some green
> > tomatoes, though there's not a lot out there. This is the worst year
> for
> > tomatoes I've ever experienced.
> > Last night I started dragging pots into the greenhouse. My little
> lemon
> > tree has a number of yellow leaves; don't know if that's cold,
> > daylength, or lack of fertilizer but it has done pretty well over the
> > summer so it can afford to lose a few I suppose. I got a couple of the
> > pelargoniums, the bay tree, and a pot of impatiens too. Impatiens are
> so
> > cheap it seems weird to overwinter them but they will bloom all
> winter,
> > very cheery in the greenhouse. I decided I might try to bring in at
> > least one of the ferns too, they do come back in the spring but it
> takes
> > them a while to look good.  My variegated abutilon died right after
> that
> > horrible heat wave in the summer, it was getting watered but I guess
> 120
> > degrees was just too much for it. I have a weedy cutting of it I took
> > last winter struggling along in the greenhouse and maybe it will grow
> up
> > one day.
> > Tomorrow my friend and I are going to visit the Virginia Robinson
> > gardens in Beverly Hills - from the pictures I suspect just another
> > wealthy woman's formal garden - but we haven't been there before so
> why
> > not. Then we'll spend some time at the La Brea Tar Pits. I haven't
> been
> > there in forever, but it's a fun place to go.
> >
> > Cyndi
> >
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