Last year I planted too many tomatoes, as usual; we ended up with 50-odd plants in the ground. Of course, when I planted my seedlings, I was about 4 months pregnant, so we'll blame that on second trimester energy.
However, when they started to ripen, I was well into the third trimester, exhausted, with swollen ankles and feet that I was ordered to stay off of as much as possible. My husband did the majority of the picking, and no canning was to happen last summer by my hand. We ended up with several overflowing baskets full, as last summer was one of the hottest to happen in a long time, and the plants produced prolifically:
|Tons of tomatoes!|
|Caprese salad with fresh tomatoes and basil, and fresh (but not homemade) mozzarella.|
|A pan of peeled tomatoes|
|Sauce cooked down, then pureed|
So if you want to keep that garden bounty going, and don't want to feel bad about starting too many tomatoes, keep your freezer open as an option.
|Our little pumpkin, who won't be eating tomatoes until summer 2012.|