These are NOT all Sundays endeavors. Please. lol However, the bottom picture is a preview of things to come. I filled 3 dehydrators with sliced onions and only used about 5 pounds of onions. The Irishman brought me home 30 pounds, because they were 29 cents a pound, so...
I do have beans to do again. Have about 2 gallons trimmed and snapped, another bunch coming in today, plus a friend sending more home with the Irishman today. I'll probably have a good 2 canners worth. I will probably go see about finding a few bushel of tomatoes to can too...my plants are loaded with small green tomatoes, but only 1 lonely Roma is starting to turn a pinkish orange. I'm worried about not getting tomatoes and if I wait too long I may miss out on the season altogether. If I do buy some and then mine come through, well--you can never have too many canned tomatoes, right ? Better safe than sorry, I think.
The AC has decided to go on the fritz again. Damn. Thankfully, it's only supposed to get to the mid 80's today, and then down in the 70's all week. (Crazy, innit ???) Certainly am NOT calling the AC guy on a Sunday, are we ??
I just came in from picking the rest of the beans. Decided that I better get out there before it got any hotter. I spotted 3 THREE tomatoes that are starting to ripen this morning. WOO HOO!!!! I picked a good quart of jalapenos, a few crimson cayenne peppers and beans. Even though it's not so hot out there, the humidity is a killer. Yesterday we were under a heat advisory. The temps hit 96 with a heat index of 107. Some of the plants love this weather, others not so much. The Armenian Cucumbers are growing and flowering like crazy suddenly. I spent half an hour yesterday training vines up the trellis. They are loaded with flowers. Everyones gardens around here are way later than usual. It's not just me...although I am still trailing by a good margin.
Here's the deal with the Roulette of Gardening. The ball will fall where it will, and there's nothing you can do about it. In good years you do all you can to preserve what you know is too much for you and your family, because there will be years like this. Where the gamble is in full tilt. The Butternuts look great this year--last year they were so-so. The potatoes are looking great...above ground anyway. The Irishman said he saw some pretty good looking Kennebecs when he was strawing, so hopefully that harvest will suffice. The sweet potatoes may be a wash this year. We planted them in a spot that is maybe not getting enough sun, or is too acidic...or something. Note in the garden journal: No sweet 'taters in the side garden again. You learn to roll with it, you can and dry and freeze all you can (and look like one of those hoarders on tv lol) You do whatever you have to do to plan for the coming year (s) and you figure it out. Yesterday I found tomato paste on sale for a really good price, like 29 cents a can. So...I bought a case. I may buy another one. Because canning tomato paste uses a TON of tomatoes that would be better served by canning diced, whole, sauced, salsa-ed and marinara-ed. lol Especially when I can get it for that cheap. An old guy up the road grows tomatoes because he likes to grow them but not eat them. Last year he sold me a big box of Romas for 5.00. It was a goldmine. I'll keep my eyes open for these things and all will be well.
Okay. I need to get started somewhere. Look out pantry--here I come.