After twenty nine days with no measurable rain the garden has been seriously waning. You can water all day long and it will fail to thrive as well as if there were rain to appease the plants. The flower bed was in sad shape and dropping seeds for next year. Most of what little is left was dying, withering and producing little and that often misshapen. In spite of all that I continued to let things be and pick the few meager cucumbers and okra every day along with the last short row of bush beans.
Then it rained and I couldn’t even get out there for a few days.
There must be beans to pick and I could see the okra from the window. I could also see damage from hornworms on what was struggling tomato vines that most people would have ripped out long ago. The occasional fried green continues to grace our table and is every bit as good as a spring fried green tomato.
Finally this morning I was able to venture forth and to my surprise brought in eleven pounds from our little garden space. The peppers were the biggest surprise. I had planned on leaving them until they turned red but they too had hornworms and quite a bit of damage. So I harvested all the large and medium Jimmy Nardelo peppers, the Thai rat turds which are turning red daily, and every jalapeno as big as my little finger because that was where most of the damage was this morning. The pablano seemed fine as did the Marconi.
So I spent the day in the kitchen instead of lolling about like planned.
There was also a pound of okra which was breaded and frozen. Two pounds of green beans found themselves in a pot with bacon, onions, chicken broth and a few potatoes for dinner and leftovers for tomorrow. I picked a handful of tomatoes both red and green likely for tomorrow also. Overall a pretty darn good haul for September and a month with no rain.
We had the roast, green beans and some of that okra fried with homemade ketchup. Yum! Then we finished off the last of the no bake cookies and did a few extra laps on the treadmill.
What’s cookin’ at your house this time of year?