I love tomatoes. I love to grow them. I love to eat them. Sadly, Montana has a very short growing season so I need to use it wisely. One of the ways I make the most of the season is to ensure I have the best possible soil. To achieve that I make my own compost out of all the vegetable food waste and egg shells from my house and some lawn clippings and leaves. Once my waste has been converted to a rich soil I add Miracle-Gro.
The thing about Fall in Montana is that it is unpredictable at best and brutal on vegetable gardens. I try to combat the cold nights be covering up my plants and adding a bit of extra fertilizer to boost the last of my baby tomatoes to maturity before they freeze. I like to use the liquidfeed Miracle-Gro:
Once I havest about 5 pounds of tomatoes, I like to make a batch of tomato jam. I found this recipe via Pinterest last year and it was so good I'm making it again this year. Now tomato jam is not for PB&Js. It really isn't that great on plain toast either. But it is excellent on toasted cheese sandwiches, any grilled meats or fish, or poured over cream cheese and served with crackers.
Check out the recipe HERE. And here's a pic of my latest batch:
Go to the link I provided get the complete recipe, but just to give you an idea what kind of flavors wer're talking about, here's a list of the ingredients: yellow tomatoes, sugar, lemon juice, lemon zest, and basil. In the pic I have whole grain bread with a slice of havarti cheese on it. The tomato jam made it soooo much tastier.
The Miracle-Gro website has lots of Fall gardening tips. You can also visit and like their Miracle-Gro Facebook page to keep informed about all their products and projects to go with them. Find beauty in the Fall with Miracle-Gro's extensive collection of Fall planting projects specific to your region.