It’s getting to be that time of the year when my ambition to keep up the garden is starting to fizzle out. With the cooler weather it’s been hard for me to remember to water it, so lately it’s gotten really dry a few times. Plus I’ve been a little burned out on it and decided to just take a short break a couple weeks ago, so I haven’t really kept up with it like I should. Despite the lack of water and being over taken by weeds and bugs, surprisingly, it’s still producing pretty well.
Remember my last garden update and all those beans we planted?
There were a whole lot of beans to pick, and yes, we had aching backs and were wondering what we were thinking to have planted them all. We ended up filling up the sink with beans twice. Luckily for our backs, not all of them came on at the same time so there will probably be another picking ready in about a week. My Mom helped pick and snap, and then she took some home to can. I canned 13 quarts, which will be nice to have in the pantry this winter.
I got Michael to help me pick the okra while I picked tomatoes. He thought staying inside and napping sounded like more fun, so he said I was being a big slave driver. But the way I look at it is… he who wants his wife to can up some pickled okra better get out there and help pick it. We have a lot of fun working in the garden together. 🙂 As you can tell by the picture, I’ve really neglected the okra so there was quite a bit that was way overripe. He was able to find enough small ones to make a small batch of pickled okra, plus some medium sized ones that we fried for supper. There’s more growing so hopefully I will have enough to make another small batch in a few days.
The watermelon patch has several nice sized watermelons in it, but none are quite ripe yet. We almost picked the one pictured below but decided to wait just a little while longer because we were unsure if it was completely ripe. According to this article on watermelons, it’s a good thing we decided to wait. The bottom isn’t quite cream or yellow colored yet and the tendril is just starting to show signs of dying, so we’ll pick it towards the end of the week.
The vine went a little crazy and started growing up the fence. It managed to intertwine itself in the fence so that it’s supporting and balancing this watermelon perfectly as it grows on top of the fence.
I picked a lot of tomatoes and there’s still plenty more out there to pick. I’m planning on making sauce of some sort… just haven’t decided yet.
I’m grateful that the garden is still producing well and that I’m able to get some end of the season canning done. While it’s a lot of work right now, it won’t be too much longer before the garden season is over. So for now we’ll keep picking and canning as much as we can because this winter when the snow’s flying, I know we’ll be so glad we did.
What are you getting from your garden? Are you doing any end of season canning? If so, what are you canning?
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