I haven’t been doing much cooking this late summer. We’ve had unusually hot weather –followed by unusually cool weather. I’m quite certain that Ma Nature is simply having her way
ABOVE: we painted the back patio–I’m pretty happy with it.
The cottage in the background is still a work in progress.
I must confess I’m also not as energetic as I usually am this time of year. I’ve made several jars of freezer jam, but the only thing receiving a water bath around here are the chicken ladies when the temperature hit 104 degrees! I need to get on with canning and freezing. The gardens have been very giving–in spite of my neglecting them their fare share of water.
Many of the things I planned to do this summer are going to be on the back burner waiting for next summer. I have a short list: paint the house, cottage, and shed, plant privacy trees to block out the neighbors, clear out the raspberries that I allowed to go wild, and re-gravel the side driveway.
My grapes remind me of a line from a children’s storybook “I think I can. I think I can. ..”
This is their fourth year, so hopefully they’ll make it!
Swiss Chard is something I truly love to eat. That being said–why did I think I needed so much of it? I am knee deep in Swiss Chard.
The new gals are fitting right in. They are now laying cute little eggs. Pearl is still abusing them. Pearl is like a grumpy old lady who doesn’t want you to walk on her lawn.
My little 4 in 1 pear tree is doing quite well. I have another branch–not pictured–that holds 2 more Asian pears.
I’m still harvesting: potatoes, zucchini, cucumbers, Italian beans, Bush Green Beans, cherry tomatoes, Italian plum tomatoes, herbs, onions, chard, collard greens peppers, and a few other things. Pumpkins are almost ready.
I still need to take photographs of my two gardens in the front of the house. I don’t know why I’m more drawn to the backyard.
I’m going to plant more lettuce and radishes today.
I threw my back out last week. I’m coming back around again, so I’m sure by Sunday I’ll be baking and cooking up a storm!