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Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Mulching tomatoes and other garden harvest

Today was a great day to work outside. The temps were in the upper 70's and low humidity. Got in the garden and pulled the beets and got them made into pickled beets.Pulled off the zucchini and yellow summer squash, brought them in and cubed and in the freezer for stir-fry. Picked off the green beans that were ready, finished stringing them, washed and drained to dry for shuck beans. Tomorrow the beans will be spread on a screen in the sun to dry till crisp. After drying I usually freeze them to prevent bugs from attacking.
We have saved shredded paper all winter and up till now to mulch tomatoes with. We have too many tomatoes to put cages around so we let the vines grow and when they start to fall over we go between 2 rows and spread the shredded paper on the ground and they guide the tomatoes to grow where the paper is spread. The paper shreds wont blow away in the breeze like sheets of paper will, but you can water it to hold in place if it gets to be a problem. Hopefully this will help the plants retain moisture and keep the fruits off the ground. Just really wish we got more junk mail. It makes good mulch if nothing else.
So till next time, blessings from the McGuire homestead.

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