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Hard Grind

We harvested the last of our tomatoes this week. Some of the fruit was beginning to look the worse for wear, so we decided to cut our losses and get it in. I haven’t fully totalled up our full harvest yet but it is above double digits in kilograms, so a respectable yield.

This afternoon, I was grinding up the tomato plants to add to the compost heap. I’ve got a manually operated grinder, which has done me many years of service and got good use from my dad before he passed it onto me. We had been thinking about investing in an electric grinder but, having spent some time perusing reviews, I think I’ll leave it for now. Even the top rated models get a lot of comments that they struggle at the top end of their rated range (typically about 45mm) and that they don’t do much at all at the lower end of the range.

Most of the tomato plants were 10mm or less and a lot of the stuff we need to process is below that. We have a small garden and have to keep things down to reasonable size for the space available. At some point, I won’t have the energy to keep turning the handle but, while I do, I think I’ll stick with the tried and tested solution, fuelled by muscle power rather than whichever power station supplies us.

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