My garden has ghosts at one end. It is supposed to be very cold tonight, so I've brought out the old sheets that I keep for just this purpose and have draped them over my tomatoes, closing them up here and there with clothespins. They are all tucked in, in case of frost.
After work, I picked all of my ripe / semi ripe tomatoes, pulled the rest of my beets, and dug up some of my potatoes (I doubt it would be a super hard frost already), and then did the ghost maneuver. I threw a few starting-to-rot tomatoes to the hens who ran and attacked them.
Here are the tomatoes I picked the day before:
Today there was a giant tomato! Daughter took the picture for me. We often talk about something being "as big as your head". Excuse my dirty-from-the- garden hands in the next picture. Trust me, at work, I use hand sanitizer ALL DAY LONG.
Do you remember my accidental/mystery acorn squash in my compost pile? Here is the final result!
Right now, on a school night, I'm making another batch of my mom's chili sauce. It is very simple and we sampled a bit with sausages last night. It was the way I remember it. Here is the recipe if you want to ever give it a try.
Maureen's Chili Sauce (small batch)
9 tomatoes (skinned and roughly cut up)
1 onion, chopped
1 tbsp salt
1/2 cup vinegar (just white vinegar is fine)
2 cups white sugar
1/4 tsp allspice
1 tsp cinnamon
Put all ingredients into a large heavy-based pot, bring to a boil, reduce heat and let it gently boil down for about 1 1/2 to 2 hours (it will reduce to about half and thicken slightly and turn a bit darker). Stir fairly often so it doesn't scorch and stick to the pan.
Process in boiling water bath for about 15 to 20 minutes. Makes about 6 pint jars.