#Monarchs and #Tomatoes As Summer Wanes

Potato Leaf Tomato

It’s been a very bountiful year for our tomatoes. They are the biggest my hubby has ever produced, and they are still coming although the leaves are telling us that the season is about to end.

I put up ten quarts of Italian sauce two weeks ago. We’ve given away dozens of tomatoes. I have seven bags of frozen whole tomatoes for the winter. This weekend we plan on doing eight to ten pints of salsa.

The last of this year's crop

This morning I walked outside to visit the dahlias and marigolds and sunflowers in full bloom and full of bees and now butterflies. We planted milkweed there in the spring, but only one of the plants has survived, but with no flowers. We planted it in hopes of helping the monarch butterfly that depends on these plants to fuel them enough to fly to Mexico each winter.

 

MonarchMuch to my delight and surprise, among the many butterflies feasting on the flowers, sat a monarch on a red dahlia.

The final weeks of summer bring their own bittersweet shots of beauty. I treasure these days. A few trees are turning orange but the weather is still hot and sunny.

I hope your summer has been bountiful and fruitful whatever you’ve done, eaten, or planted!

 

Recipes for preserving tomatoes can be found in From Seed to Table. S2T-5

4 thoughts on “#Monarchs and #Tomatoes As Summer Wanes

  1. Too chilly in Wisconsin this summer, P.C., but it’s been a fruitful one none-the-less with summer friends – new ones, and old ones both – and these enrich us. I’m thrilled to read about your Monarch-sighting, and love all the good food that is emerging from your tomato garden!

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    • Sorry to hear about the chill! We’re not sure why the tomatoes are so wonderful this year so we just enjoy. And yes, we’ve had friends and family grace us with visits this summer so it’s been a good one all the way around.

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