I spent the morning taking one last walk around the garden and tying all the tomato cages to the picket fence. If it gets really windy it won't go very far since they are all tied up with twine. I also picked the vegetables that I could save before Irene makes her appearance. Any tomato that had a blush of pink / yellow was picked and will ripen on my windowsill. I decided not to pick any of the green tomatoes, I'm hoping they will stay on the vine... I'm sure most of them won't, in which case I'll have to make fried green tomatoes or pickled green tomatoes. I have to find more recipes with green tomatoes. Do you have any suggestions? I also picked some basil, I think I'll make some bruschetta since I will be cooped up in the house riding out the storm. At least I'll eat well! I saw there was a beet sticking out of the ground, so I harvested it. It was a small little one, the beets didn't size up very well this year. More compost is definitely needed for next year. I'm as ready as I can be for Irene, so now it's just a waiting game. For all those on the East Coast, stay safe!