John has the green thumb in our house and enjoys planning, planting and tending to our backyard garden. He grew most of our plants from seed for the first time in a while. He rigged up his shop fluorescent fixture as a DIY grow light and put it on a timer in the early spring. The garden is now spent; the early frost laying waste to what we didn't bring in, including the basil. Today John deconstructed the garden trellises and cages, and put the dead plants in the compost. He's already planning for improvements to next year's garden.
Tomatoes and peppers are his specialty and we've had plenty throughout the summer. He planted four kinds of tomatoes; Brandywine, beefsteak, yellow pear and San Marzano plum ... five kinds if you count the tomatillos. The beefsteak tomatoes were puny this year even though we watered during the dry spell. The Brandywine are my favorite for slicing and they were delicious, but with a lot of cracks and blemishes. We've decided the yellow pear and tomatillos take up too much space for the amount that we use them. John has plans for a patio grape tomato plant for next year. The San Marzanos are what we use to make marinara sauce, salsas, and soup for freezing.
Our pepper selection includes poblano, Anaheim, various colored sweet bell, and yellow cayenne. John seeded, roasted and froze the poblano and Anaheim peppers. The cayenne have been strung up and will be crushed. Their outcome TBD.
We also have a herb garden and enjoyed a some beets, kale, kohlrabi, lettuces, bok choy, radishes,
We will enjoy the garden produce through the winter because we make batches of tomato sauces, soups and roasted peppers ... all put away in the reorganized freezer.