I know I'm no different than any other gardener this time of year. There is too much to do.
Someone has been coming in each night after I'm in bed and planting full-grown weeds in my garden. I can't seem to keep up with them. Nor can I keep up with the bountiful crops that want to be transformed into winter time food for the pantry shelves and freezer compartments.
The raspberries need picking every other day now.
Some of them are really large.
A couple of years ago, hubby tasted some golden raspberries and thought they were the sweetest raspberries he'd ever had. Year before last we got a few canes and planted them. They survived but that was about all until this year. The canes themselves are still not prolific or particularly sturdy looking but they are putting forth some good-sized berries that are . . . not very sweet. Hmmm . . . well, we tried. Maybe they will improve with time?
We've had these two traps in our experimental potato "cage" for a few days now. Although more varmint holes have appeared in the mulch, we haven't managed to catch anything in either of the traps. I just know those critters (whatever they may be) are down under the mulch making Hash Browns and Twice Baked Potatoes with all my half grown taters.
Can you see this droopy bush Aster near the right hand side of the bottom row of plants? Two days ago I noticed it looking kind of wilted. Today it looks as if something chopped off its roots below ground and it's on its way out. I have no idea what could have happened to it when the other plants all around it seem to be doing fine.
The blueberry patch has enough ripe blueberries for a small picking. I need to get at them before the birds or chipmunks do or before they fall off.
We're eating edible podded peas about twice a day and I'm giving some away, too, but I still have an overload of them so I gave a go today at freezing a batch. I've mentioned before that they always come out limp and mushy after being frozen but I'm trying again hoping I have better luck. I blanched them for only 1-1/2 minutes, then plunged them into ice water to cool, and then even patted them dry on a towel before packing them for the freezer. Anybody want to share how you do it?
My pickling cucs are coming along. Look at this one I found today. It's almost a whole inch long! Kosher Dills and Bread and Butter Pickles can't be too far in the future.
I've got to make time in the next couple of days for canning a few batches of pickled beets. There are beets out there that are going to get "woody" if I don't harvest and get them preserved really soon.
My shell peas. Omigosh. Are they ever prolific this year. There are only a few that have filled out so far and could be harvested. I'm purposefully ignoring them waiting for a bunch more to be ready before setting up to process them for the freezer.
I'll have to water the garden for sure sometime tomorrow if we don't get rain. The forest fire danger remains low just now thankfully but our temps in the 80s and the sun baking down all day has made the whole garden look very dry. I went out tonight after dinner to harvest some lettuce and a dew had already started to form so if we get a heavy dew overnight, that will help a bit.
Everything combines to make sure there isn't a lack of things to do this time of year. But there's also a lot of satisfaction when gardening efforts turn into healthy, nutritious food to eat and enjoy now and put by for future times.
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