Part 4 of 2011 Ketchup Soup
We got a little dusting of snow after the first week into December, but it melted quickly and the rest of the month remained unusually warm for our area.
Remember those green tomatoes I harvested at the end of October? Well, a few of them got mushy, but most of them slowly got their color sitting inside that newspaper lined box in the basement. They didn’t taste as good as if they had ripened outside on the plants, of course; however, they were still better than store bought tomatoes. It helped, too, that I could use them with my fresh herbs or frozen pesto. And that is how I used the last of them up in December: I made one last round of bruschetta with tomatoes and pesto from the garden.
Putting the Garden to Bed at Last
Just before that bit of snow came, my sweet husband had the time and opportunity to pick up some free composted organic horse manure and manually till it into the vegetable beds. I love him!
The black plastic keeps the soil warmer and drier so it will be ready to work sooner in the spring.
Overwintering the Rose Tree
Meanwhile, I got my rose tree ready to bury under a foot or so of mulch. This method kept my old rose tree alive for at least seven years, and this tree, a Pink Knockout standard, is going into its second winter.
Straw for the Strawberries (and Garlic, Too)
I bought a bale of straw and used half of it to cover the strawberry bed and the garlic I had planted in the herb bed.
Refilling the Compost Bin
I took the finished compost from the compost bin and spread it around the raspberry bed. Then we used the lawnmower-shredded leaves and grass clippings plus more horse manure to refill the bin.
Ready for Next Year!