Saturday, October 26, 2013
I wonder just how long it takes to get used to having actual seasons. Like a kid I find myself smiling at the cooler temperatures and the lower humidity. We listen to a radio show in Austin on the weekends. There's a real good natural gardening show on the weekends we both listen to. Old habits and all but I hear the weather there and sometimes I just grin. We have SEASONS!! We've had a couple of mornings that were down right chilly already. . I've unpacked my big fluffy robe and snuggle up in it while I drink a little coffee and ponder what I can/might get done today.Being a list maker I'll scan through some of them and compile one for the day.
I've still got some squash that was pulled a few days ago that needs to be canned and an entire bag of green bell peppers to cut and dehydrate. I don't know why I'm still procrastinating on getting it done.
Most all of the other peppers that we pulled when we were expecting that frost/freeze several days ago are now dried and sitting in jars. There are some pepper plants that didn't get totally frozen. The leaves on top need to be cut back and I think they will come back. We are expecting some warmer weather for a few days. I don't really need (or want) any more peppers this year but.... It's hard not to want to get out there and cut them back to see if I can keep them alive until a killer frost takes them. I have to ask myself "Is this normal?" I just can't stand to see them all sad and droopy looking when I can probably save them for a few more weeks. Heck I might even dig up a couple and get them potted and stick them in the greenhouse for the winter. We'll see.
With the garden now pretty much done there is much more time to get other things done. Lots of things tend to get neglected around here while the gardens going full tilt. One thing we've done every year since we've been here is to move the rabbits. Their spring and summer accommodations are located in the shade under a big old oak tree. We move them to the barn when it starts getting colder. Rabbits can take the cold, it's the wind that gets to them.
Speaking of rabbits I'm going to be on baby watch this week. If Bucky has done his job we should have bunnies soon. If not I'll be taking the does back to the Rabbit Lady and have her breed them. That would be unfortunate for ol' Bucky though. (kymber close your eyes) He's liable to be rabbit stew.
I want to give a shout out to Sue over at The Little Acre That Could. She has started a series called Food Storage Friday. Pretty cool, huh? If you get a chance pop over and check it out.