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I've been drying the basil- pluck and throw in a bowl and let it sit several days until crumbly. More basil is still growing despite the 50 degree temps... The walnut tree has gotten much fuller with many leaves and is 4 ft tall now. The blackberry bush looks like it never rooted. The apple tree sprig has leaves but still a sprig. The other apple tree hasn't produced but is getting taller.
 

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Looks like my plot is mostly weeded. I do have some more to do, mostly around the strawberry plants but the majority of it's done. I'm not clearing all the way back to bare earth to protect it from rain and the like. But enough so that the critters can't hide in the weeds. Although I did get a cut on one of my fingers from one of the weeds, similar to a paper cut. That's what I get for not using my gardening gloves. Sigh.
 

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hard freeze last night...down to 26F. Still have some good king henry greens that might be edible. FORGOT the 3 green tomatoes (that would be my entire tomato crop...was given a free tomato plant...I knew it would just get my hopes up). Maybe they can be fried or put in soup. Or thrown to the chickens. Hopefully the herbs I'd put off harvesting are ok.
 

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Maggie, if you have enough of them, the green tomatoes can be made into pickle relish just like you'd do with cucumbers. I did that one year we had an early freeze.
 

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Pickle relish sounds like a good idea for tomatoes.

Does anyone here make medicinal tinctures? I got some trumpet flower seeds and wondered about doing a tincture when the flowers are grown. Or when the walnut tree produces, the green balls can be turned into tinctures. People bought the green balls from me to make that.
 

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This is the garden as of yesterday morning. You can see where I have made progress with the weeding. Most of the growth in the foreground is tomato vines that are still producing. They are volunteers, which is why they are in the way.


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If you look in the lower right half of the picture you'll see lots of little red dots, which are tomatoes. The red patch near the upper left is last year's chard which is still producing.
 

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Finished planting all the free hostas. I remarked to hubby how the back yard looks so much more spacious since I got rid of much of the wild undergrowth. There were plants in the original landscaping that got swallowed by the wild things. I'm hoping I can coax the forsythia into blooming in the next few years. I will fertilize in the spring when it's time.
 

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I collected all the unripened tomatoes and the jalapenos. The plan is to make a green salsa. We may still have a few warm days but I don't expect anything to ripen now, and we've had our first frost.

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Herbs and chard will be good until we get a hard freeze. I need to get out and dig the carrots before I forget and they get too woody.
 

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2022 seed catalogs starting to arrive.

The leaves, OMG. Have no desire to clean up at all.

Should probably plant garlic before it gets any colder.
 
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