And so dear friends that brings us back to being in the here and now. There are a few things I CAN do around here. I've got mostlyy gardening stuff going on in my life right now. My dehydrators are working 7 days a week. Currently there are peppers in both of them. I'm out of propane for the canning station and it will have to wait until payday. I've been prepping the peas and beans and either freezing them or at least storing them in the bottom of the fridge for now. I'll be back to canning soon though. Just in time too as the fridge is overflowing with fresh produce. This is the one time of year I sure wish we had a second fridge. Hey, things could definitely be worse.
I called the local food bank this week. They were thrilled to take some tomatoes! I was thrilled to get them gone! LOL I'm so over canning tomatoes for the year. I've been keeping the neighbor supplied with tomatoes, peppers and melons.
Of course there are still tomatoes on the vine and the plants look pretty good so they should make it to fall. Unless the grasshoppers and the hornworms decimate them. We've had one heck of a year for grasshoppers this year. There isn't much you can do about that really. And then the hornworms just came to the party in the past couple of days. (Cover your ears kymber) I must have killed at least a dozen of the fat green-blooded hungry
I was going to go out and pull up those pole beans this week and plant some green peas in their place since they just weren't producing. Well now they have decided to put on some beans. Not many, but there are a bunch of tiny baby beans on it now. I guess if I want to plant green peas I'll have to rig up some sort of "support" for them. That's why I was wanting to replace the green beans with the peas. That's the row with the "trellis" down it.
The mystery plant has produced what turned out to be funny looking cantaloupe. They aren't very sweet, kind of a boring flavor. I guess I'll be looking for better seed for next year. I can't see growing these again. The Juan Canary melon though? Yeah, now THAT'S a keeper. Wonderfully sweet and juicy. I'll sure be planting those again for years to come. (thanks zztop!!)
It's hard to believe that Summer is almost over. For the most part we've had a wonderful season weather-wise. And now all the sudden at the end of August we are going to creep back up into the 100's for a few days. Go figure. The Farmer's Almanac is predicting a colder than normal winter for most folks. Strange year for weather isn't it?
I want to plant some more lettuce and spinach but I'm thinking it is still a bit errr....warm yet. My broccoli and cabbage seed didn't come up and the beans I planted in the lower garden were attacked by grasshoppers as quick as they sprouted. That will make the third time I've planted beans there this year and can't get any of them over six inches high before they become grasshopper appetizers. Oh well.... I wonder what they want for dessert?
I'd try talking about something else but it seems my mind is stuck in "garden gear", which is better than having to focus on us teetering on the edge of World War III. How's your week been so far?