This has been the first year I’ve really attempted a garden. We’ve had some successes and plenty of failures. We’ve had some really unusual weather this summer and everyone I know who has a garden has had plenty of issues, even experienced gardeners. We’ve had lots of fun, and it’s actually been very calming for me. I love going out and watering in the mornings, even the weeding wasn’t too bad. The best part was being able to walk outside, pluck a juicy, ripe tomato, and then slice it up for lunch all within five minutes of it being on the vine. More often than not I had eager helpers. All in all I’m very pleased with the results, and look forward to having another go next year. The temperature in the last two weeks has been really strange as the first week was in the 90’s and then it scooped down to a week of the 40’s (even snowing one day). Now we are back up to the 70’s and it is feeling more like the beginning of fall should feel. I love snuggling up with a blanket and drinking hot cocoa to warm up in the evenings, but only after a proper fall. I was not liking the sudden jumps in temperature. I think the extremes did my tomato plants in as they pretty much look dead now. There are at least a couple of dozen green tomatoes still on them and though it is a little sad that I do not think they will continue to ripen, I’m thankful for all of the ripe, juicy tomatoes we have had in the last several weeks. The picture above is of all of the remaining ripe, or almost ripe tomatoes that we decided to rescue in case of another drop in temperature. I haven’t quite decided what to do with the green tomatoes, but think perhaps trying a new green tomato recipe might be the trick to using them up. Any suggestions?