|Tomato beds are cleaned out and awaiting compost.|
I waited to clear the tomato plants this year until December, with the idea that having some late tomatoes would be a good idea. Unfortunately, this is another one of those DIY lessons; even though our days are warm and sunny, our nighttime temperatures dip into the low 40s and even upper 30s. So while the tomatoes look beautiful and freshly vine-ripened, they taste like tomatoes that have been in the refrigerator for a few days....just kind of bland and mushy. Oh well. It was a noble experiment. It was nice to be able to put them into the salads at Thanksgiving, but honestly, they were no better than crappy store-bought tomatoes, gassed with ethylene or greenhouse grown -- okay, but definitely not like a delicious summer tomato. Everything really does have a season I guess.
For fall 2015, I'm thinking it will be better to just add some fresh onions and carrots to next year's salads and call it a day. The tomato thing did not work.
So now they are gone (there's one last pile you can see in the right of the pic). So it's time for making some rich, lovely soil by compost-adding, ryegrass planting (for green manure) and fallow time. Perfect, since inclement weather is expected and being out in the elements is no fun. I can just sit inside with a glass of wine and watch my spring soil being made from the warmth and comfort of the house.