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gardening neglect

I finally got out and got to put in some time into the yard. It has been so hot and I was sick I just stopped going outside. Friday was the party, and Saturday I helped Harry move and cooked. I cooked down a few pounds of Betty’s tomatoes that needed to be used and added a half dozen black plum tomatoes in the cast iron skillet where i’d browned a big onion, 2 hot banana peppers from the garden, and three cloves local garlic (tart & tangy this year). I cooked that down added 1/4 tsp cayenne and 3/4 cup peanut butter, and let that simmer for a bit. I served it with squash with butter and brown sugar over rice. yummy, but that and a nap and not a lot of garden puttering.

So today I hit the grass as soon as the morning dew dried up. I mowed the front and weed whacked the tall & stubborn fellows. I pulled off my laundry before I did the back and put out my second after i finished. i also found the rosemary and the title of the post. It is dried out and likely dead. I’ll either collect it and use it or if it springs back now that i’m watering it again. Its sad because i’ve had it for a couple of years and it was looking great and i just killed it by not being aware, hiding from the real world in the ac.

I also lost my 2nd fennel which i didn’t get in the ground and then noticed the one i did get in the ground is gone too. Disappeared. Beaten down by heavy rains and the soil turning into cement and massive high temperatures. everything’s struggling. Its widespread and common and the weather sucks it said in the trib gardening column. I’m starting to get more tomatoes. the yellow tear drop ones have done well as a volunteer. Theres a beef steak looking volunteer about ready and the other hybrids are starting to turn orange. As are the green zebras? struggling plants, low production. I need to cultivate.

Crab grass is tall and am weeding. When i get done weeding i’ll cultivate. when i’m done cultivating i’ll turn over the fall bed. theres some space in the 2 beds and I hope to add 4′ to bed 2. theres some squash so i won’t hit it all and then may get into bed 3. Gotta get Dad on the coldframe project.

Categories: cooking, gardening
  1. August 17, 2010 at 2:30 pm

    Is it cooling off there at all?

    Your dill pickles are a big hit at the Woolsey House. Everyone who has tried them have had nothing but good things to say about them. Dr. Beverly brought me some heirloom tomatoes from Pennsylvania…very tasty.

  2. August 17, 2010 at 5:16 pm

    the heat broke on sunday and it has been pretty nice for the last couple of days. there’s a nice breeze coming in out of the north even as i speak. i’m glad folks liked the pickles. i am going to make some more bread and butter pickles maybe tomorrow from a different recipe. the dill pickles are eric’s mom’s recipe.

  3. August 17, 2010 at 11:11 pm

    I guess some of the credit goes to Eric’s mom, still you guys pulled it off very nicely. The dills are much more popular than the gooseberry preserves;-)

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