I harvested and processed fresh cilantro from the garden today. Once your cilantro is ready for harvesting, cut from the plant, discard and brown leaves and wash. I then let it dry on a paper towel overnight. Lastly, I dry my cilantro for later use. Using this type of drying approach, the cilantro will stay for up to 24 months.
It is a beautiful day out today so I thought I would do more thinning and transplanting.
Today I planted 2 more Beefsteak Tomato plants. These should be ready to harvest in late May to mid April.
More on Tomatoes…
I also planted more Rosemary and Greek Basil. These should both be ready for use in about a month as they are already very mature pants.
This is the advantage of sowing seeds, indoors, early in the season!
It’s that Tomato time of year! Late February, early March have all of your tomatoes planted and growing. Sow your seeds (indoors) in early February so you are ready to thin and transplant outside. Today I planted Big Beef and Red Beefsteak Tomatoes. Planting now should give me my first harvest in late May to early June.
I stagger my planting of tomatoes every two weeks and will harvest through August. In two weeks I will start Roma Tomatoes; which are great for canning marinara sauce.
As I have time, I will post recipes on how to make tomato sauce, marinara sauce, spaghetti sauce, etc. and how to can them for long term storage.
Last year I processed and canned about 100 pounds of tomatoes and just finished the last jar of marinara sauce last week. This means I am going 3 to 4 months without my canned tomato sauces. This year I’m looking to can about 150 pounds and see if it gets me through an entire season. I also have to account for gifts; I enjoy giving some away to family and friends.
I have more general Tomato sowing, planting and harvesting information here.