I'm not sure I've ever been away this long before. I keep meaning to stop and sit down and get caught up but "things" just seem to get in the way. So much going on in the whole country right now that it kind of makes my fussing about things around here seem pretty petty. I was going to write about the heat we are having here and how the AC isn't working (again). But it seems sort of a small problem right now with the problems others are experiencing after that killer storm. At least we still have electricity. Things could be a whole lot worse.
The garden is starting to go into summer mode now. The beans are all done and what is out there now will be my seeds for next year. ALL the squash succumbed to squash bugs. Those little
The potato's are all done. Not much of a showing on them. I think we might have dug 10 lbs. Next year will be much better. This has really been a big learning year for me. I've never been so actively involved as I have here this year. I've always pretty much just been the one to put up the goodies in the past. It's alot of work for sure but well worth it.
The tomato's are starting to ripen and will most likely all come in at the same time. It's too hot for them to set more fruit now so I suppose I'll be planting more for the fall garden. It's hard to believe it but it is already time to start planting the fall garden here. Seems strange to be thinking ahead to fall when its still 100 degree's. BUT it does mean that there aren't more than about 60 more days of hot weather to go!!
I've been trying to get as much done as I can but the heat seems to slow me down a bit. I've been canning and drying every day. I haven't canned any tomato's yet but I'm going to try something I've not done before. My friend Mushroom suggested that I freeze the tomato's I want to can until it gets cooler. I understand the quality is not supposed noticeably different and that when you thaw them out the skin's just come right off. So if I can save a step by not having to blanch them all the better! One way or another I guess I'm going to find out. Shoot, there is just so much one person can accomplish at one time. I've also been drying tomato's. I'll be using them for tomato sauces and paste.
All the peppers are still producing tons of goodness and are still blooming. It's been a great year for peppers for sure. I'm getting ready to put up another batch or two of hot peppers and some more banana peppers. I also see salsa in my future pretty soon. Just need a few more tomato's ripened up and everything else is ready to go.
I think I've been focusing on the garden to avoid having to discuss all that "Hope And Change" that's going on in America right now. Some of us have been seeing this coming for quite awhile. The end of America is upon us and it seems that most people STILL can't see it. For those who can, keep on prepping, cause when folks start realizing what has happened it is going to be ... shall we say .... interesting?
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