Tuesday, August 21, 2012
Up to my ears....
Feeling like I haven't laid a finger on the blog in a couple weeks doesn't really surprise me when I think about all the stuff that's been going on around here. Mainly going on outside. We are inundated with weeds again this year and the garden has been a project as usual. See the pic above of my hubby surveying the situation with the dogs? Those giant bushes to the left are our tomato plants, or should I say trees. It took me two days alone to get them out of an untangled mess after a big growth spurt.
Besides that our corn has been ravaged by neighborhood squirrels, cucumbers took a big hit in the heat and I think I killed my squash plants. It's not all bad news though. The peppers are doing great (I have more banana peppers than I know what to do with), harvested broccoli three times already, along with beets, onions, and some squash and cantaloupe that matured before the vines died. We still have potatoes to look forward to and I'm thinking about planting some fall crops this year.
So now what to do with all this produce. I can't eat it fast enough so I finally broke out my canning equipment last week.
A few jars of salsa later and the canning sessions around our house have begun. I even grew my own hot peppers this year so I don't have to buy anything but garlic from the store. Maybe that will be on the list for next year.
Sadie is just getting over a bad case of nausea and diarrhea brought on by her mommy being irresponsible and letting her eat a pig's ear. ($250 at the vet later I will not be making that same mistake twice.) So she has been spending alot of time by my side and supervising as usual.
The last week and a half has had amazing weather so working outside has been a joy. I'm hoping to have a few more big harvests before the end of the season. How's things in your garden?