This year the September garden looks so forlorn and scraggly. Many of the beds have already been emptied of their crops, and only a few have been replanted for fall harvests. Those that have been planted are showing spotty germination. What can I expect, with temperatures that fluctuate by 20-30 degrees from day to day, week to week? When I plant, it's 70-degrees outside, when germination takes place, the temperature soars to 99. I honestly think this has been the worst year in my fifty-plus years of gardening. I guess I can't complain much. Even though some of the vegetables have performed poorly, others have exceeded my expectations. There's no way I'll harvest over 1000 pounds of produce this year, like I did last year, but there has certainly been enough food produced for the two of us and all of our children. Just yesterday I picked over forty pounds, more than half of that being butternut squash.
I'll try to get out to take some pictures tomorrow, but I'm running a bit behind. Yesterday was our 48th. anniversary, and we waited until today to celebrate. We drove to Toppenish, and pigged out on chilled crab legs at the Legends Casino seafood buffet. Plates heaped high with dungeness crab legs. Butter dripping down to my elbows. It doesn't get any better than that!
My neighbor, Pat, went back into the hospital last weekend. She developed a really bad infection (probably from her hospital stay the week before), and ended up in ICU for three days. Her puppy, Bandit, will no longer be living with her, which I'm sure just breaks her heart. The doctor said he's just too much for her to handle, he tires her out (I don't believe that for a minute). Anyway, she is now at a rehab facility for 7-10 days, so I'll be going to visit her tomorrow. I have a feeling she will be moving out of her big house soon, and into a senior apartment somewhere. I'll sure miss her, and our afternoons of sipping iced coffee on her patio.
Enough gloom and doom....how about some pictures of the stuff I've canned this past month?
This shelving unit is stacked full.
I've had to stack boxes of salsa on top of this shelf, and there's very little space left below it. There's no more space, unless I start giving away my dishes and stuff in the kitchen.....and that may happen!
I'm hoping and praying my blogger friends on the east coast are staying safe from hurricane Earl.