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The Last Picking

28 Oct

With a hard freeze in the forecast for last night, I forgot to go see if there was anything left in the garden to pick.  I decided to see if anything was left today because, honestly, I don’t think we had a hard freeze.  I can say that with certainty because I found bell peppers.  The plants are some of the most sensitive to cold, and they look fine.

I was also surprised that I had so many tomatoes, and they were fine.

I knew the okra had already died down, but I still think the dried pods look pretty cool.

I was also surprised that I had any bottle gourds left out there.  That’s because they have become the dog’s favorite new toy.

Sky!  Actually, he’s chewing on the remains of pumpkin or squash.  I can’t tell which.

Sky

Finally, I got to what I went out to pick–the beets.  I had originally planted them because I wanted to let them go to seed and smell the flowers because of a novel, Jitterbug Perfume by Tom Robbins.  Alas, my sister informed me that she always leaves her until it frosts, and she’s yet to see a flower.  We are guessing it’s because they are biannuals.  Maybe in a couple more years.

I actually got a pretty good haul from the garden.  I found a small cabbage and some Anaheim chili and jalapeno peppers.

Now I have to do something with all of these things before Sky steals them from my bucket.

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Gardening

12 Jul

I’ve been working in my garden.  It’s looking pretty good for the most part.  I will say, Sky is not a big help in the garden.  There could probably be several puppy rules regarding garden etiquette.

The weather was not good for things like beets and beans to sprout.  We were horribly dry after I planted, and it has not gotten any better.  I think I have just a handful of beets that made it.

The tomatoes look great!  They were easier to water.  Luckily, I have well water, so I can water every night if I need to.

I’ve started picking zucchini–lots of zucchini.

I even found some cilantro out there that grew from what I planted last year!

I really look forward to all the great things I’m going to can.