The Heatwave Came At The Wrong Time

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  1. Sjoerd

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    These are some of the tom plants after the second harvest for saucing. There will be enough for at least one more saucing harvest and then some loose ones for salads, hamburgers and the like.

    The purple spekbonen are growing by leaps and bounds. Now there’a an image— a bounding bean. I know that Mexican ones can jump, but these purple ones? Bound?
    Anyway, here is a pic when they were one month old:
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    Another foto to give perspective:
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    A few days ago now; before this latest heatwave, we harvested a bunch of toms…and also beetroot, with the idea that we would sauce the toms the day of harvesting and the next day, we‘d do the beetroot.
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    We sauced those toms; however, the following day the heatwave hit and began in the early morning with an opening temp of 26°C. Doing the beetroot was out. They are still in the fridge, softening every day a little.

    Heatwave or not, this tom got picked and was ready to be sliced and consumed. BLT’s and salads are popular in Château du Sjoerd during these sizzling summer days.
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    We may pull our big person boots and boil them tonight. After that we will skin them, chop them to size and freeze them in. All’s well that ends well, the weather has changed.
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    Most beautiful pictures indeed! I'm waiting for the heatwave to end over here, so I can plant some cherry tomato seeds. Which I plan on sun-drying, then use as a pizza topping!
     
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    Yes, that was a warm week here too. The heat was ok but it was the humidity that did me in. There are a few clouds about today, and it's much fresher, and easier to breathe.
    I like the look of those beans, it's not a variety I was aware of, and I shall look out for some seeds I think.
     
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    My tomato crop is just about done now - they were all cherry tomatoes this year - the plants Zigs had left over. I have dried them all and they are all nicely tucked away in jars in the larder.
     
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    Weather in my area was always such that we could plant tomatoes all year around. But now with the changing climate, we can plant them in winder only.

    Winter for us is like 20 to 24°C at the most nowadays.
     
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    I had never seen those spekbonen either, and probably would not have selected them. But you never know. Getting those gratis was something I could not let go by. I am very curious.
     
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    Spekbonen....what are the chances I won't be able to find them here :worried: it looks like you cut your hand in that beanie picture ?
     
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    Yeah, sorry I do not know the english word for spekbonen. We have grown and eaten the green ones and the yellow ones. Have you grown these, or are spekbonen unknown to you?

    I see what you mean on that piccy— it is not a cut, just a wrinkle I guess. When I hold my hand in certain positions the palm wrinkles become pronounced. Up by my thumb is a red place as well, it is also a wrinkle. Cor, I remember a foto I showed on here with a tit standing on my fingers, I had contorted my palm to accommodate some mealworms for the little bird and it looked like an old person’s hand that had been under water for a while. Ha ha.
     
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    I think spekbonen are purple pod beans. The pods turn green when cooked.
     
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    Jane—You are right about the pods being purple, but there are several types of purple podded beans, y’know.
     
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    Those are the most beautiful tomatoes! Château du Sjoerd is truly fortunate to have such good gardeners.
     
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    Cackle— cheers mate.
    That tom (Mountain Rouge), was delicious. It was developed in your country. Not too many seeds and lotsa flesh. My Bride is over the moon with them.
     
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    Wow! My purple beans are just normal size. Those are long! One of my volunteer plants ended up with two huge tomatoes
     
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    Oops, I hit the post instead of upload picture. 16946573458994732713621207360089.jpg that one is at least a pound or so.
     
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    Spek would be translated as bacon.
     
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