Today the tomatoes, basil, and tomatillos went into the garden. These tomatoes are Stupice, Ace, Gold Nugget, and Siletz. I fit 14 basil starts, in clumps of 2 & 3, around the edge of the box- basil and tomatoes are good companions for each other! This spot gets plenty of sunshine, so I hope to get good crops this year. The plants will be a bit squashed when they get bigger, but tomatoes like to grow that way. It’s still a bit cool for tomatoes- night are in the high 40’s and low 50’s, and tomatoes like nights over 55. But, they were getting big, and I am impatient!
(I apologize for the iPhone pictures- it’s just what’s close at hand when I’m covered in garden dirt!)
I peeled all the leaves off and dumped them into a sink of cool water and swished them around a bit to knock the dirt off, and let them sit a few minutes so it all could settle to the bottom of the sink. I had to do it in 3 batches, but everything was spun through the salad spinner to get dry, and then made into pesto and frozen. (And YES: my next batch of laundry smelled amazing. Thanks.)
“I can force about a cubic foot of loosely packed basil leaves (removed from the plant) into a cup and a half of oil.”
Nice. THAT’S what I want to hear at the end of the growing season!
I portioned it all into quart-sized ziploc baggies and froze them flat- I ended up with 8 cups of pesto. Not too shabby!
- Transplant tomatoes to gallon pots
- Transplant gallon tomatoes to larger greenhouse pots- my early girls will live in the green house this year
- Transplant basil to planter pots
- Weed west garden strip
- Spread finished compost by cucumber seedlings
- Feed and paper the large worm bin
- Vacuum upstairs
- Make yogurt
- Pit and freeze bing cherries
- Teach 1st grade lessons 10-14, plus review of first section
- Wash darks, whites, kids, and towels
- Sew baby gifts
- Order pictures and fill frames for family photo wall