My garden has been amazing this year! We had a cool first half of the summer, and of course our lovely (NOT!) flood. The heavy rain did in most of the watermelons,
but the winter squash are coming on gangbusters!
I have pickled cucumbers, wax/banana peppers, and jalapeno peppers. I made one batch of Sriracha, which I shared with a friend who demanded more, so batch two will begin this afternoon.
I have harvested a few dried beans, and it looks like I’ll get a few more. They were an experiment this year and they worked out very well. Next year we’ll be putting beans in where we’ve had tomatoes the past few years to help build the soil.
Fall is just over the horizon, so it’s nearly time to dig up the potatoes and sweet potatoes.
We have new plantings of collards and lettuce coming in,
and more basil than I know what to do with! Well, not really. I will be cutting it back next weekend, I suppose. I already have one and a half pints of pesto. I will make some more for friends, and then just freeze some of the remaining pesto, maybe freeze some straight-up basil puree, and dry some of the leaves as well.
So much to do before that first frost! Then I have to re-do some of the garden. We experimented a bit this year and for the most part our feed-bag weed suppressors worked, but here and there the weeds poked through where the bags came together, so there will be trim work & I’ll be putting more bags down for the winter.
I know this is a ramble, and mostly just to say how much I love growing my own food, and spending time outdoors, and I have enjoyed sharing this with you.