Pumpkins and Basil

The basil tops were nipped by frost.
The basil tops were nipped by frost.

It’s Wednesday, and finally we have a warm sunny day. The first frosts have blackened the tops of the basil, finished off the cucumbers and attacked the pole beans. However, the parsley and cilantro weren’t worried by the cold, and the bees are still buzzing around the oregano and the thyme.

We've grown 160 mini-pumpkins and 33 pie pumpkins
We’ve grown 160 mini-pumpkins and 33 pie pumpkins

We harvested the last of the pumpkins and moved them to the terrace to continue curing in the sun. We also harvested herbs to hang up and dry inside, and as always, we bring in whatever is ready, like the last cukes and the latest tomatoes to ripen.

Before lunch we pulled out the old cider press and checked that all the parts were there.  We plan to test it out on Friday.IMG_6977

For lunch we made insalata caprese, an Italian tomato, basil and mozzarella salad, drizzled with blueberry balsamic vinegar and olive oil. It was luscious and worthy of a fancy restaurant. This afternoon after blog writing, we moved to botany, studying the structure of leaves and how to use them to identify trees and other plants.  We spent some time with a variety of leaves, categorizing them by structure and using the field guides to identify a mystery tree.  (We figured out it was a basswood.)IMG_6979

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