Last night, I woke up to sound of rain on the roof - Not a heavy rain: Just a steady, soaking rain. So peaceful - a lovely sound! It couldn't have come at a better time, as I had just planted onions and cabbages.
This morning, my day started with coffee and a walk through the garden. LOL, sand everywhere - Rain kicks it up on the plants, and when the sun and breeze dries things off, it falls back to the ground. But that early in the morning, it's everywhere!
I was reminded today of how much I like patty pan squash - Some of them are finally getting large enough to harvest, and one in particular was about 4" across. Absolutely delicious! Here's a photo of some smaller ones - They should be ready in a few days:
This variety is called Sunburst - bright yellow with green at the stem and blossom ends. Their are also others that are white and another that is a light green. I remember eating these when I was a little girl in Virginia, but I hadn't seen them in the stores for years. You'd think that something this good would be available in the produce sections, especially since it's so easy to grow.
Late morning, I got a visit from a friend that I hadn't seen in a few months. Lots of tea, biscotti, and giggles - Great for the soul!
In the afternoon, I used my fertilizer injector to give the garden a nitrogen boost, worked two of the rows where I had removed bush beans, and planted two more double rows of Red Cored Chantaney carrots. I'm hoping to get enough to can this Spring to last at least a year. It doesn't look like much now, but hopefully, there will be lots of carrots in these three rows. The row on the left was planted over a week ago, and little carrot tops are just now appearing.
By tomorrow, I should have enough small cucumbers (I try to get them picked at no more than 5 inches long) to make another batch of fermented dills. I have been so blessed this year! If you like dill pickles, fermented dills are the gold standard. What surprising is just how easy they are to make. You don't need any fancy equipment, and they can be made in small batches. When I first start harvesting pickling cucumbers, I only get a few at a time. When I get about seven good sized ones, I make a batch in jar that will hold them comfortably. Lately, I've been able to make them in a jar that hold twice that many. All you need is cucumbers, brine, spices and garlic, and they're ready in about a week. Only problem is that around here, it's hard to find pickling cucumbers in the stores, and when you do, they're over $2.00 per pound!! It's so nice to be able to grow enough to have a good supply. The variety of seeds I planted was $3.99.....And I have plenty left to plant this Spring!
This should be a nice, quiet Thanksgiving this year - Just my son and me. We'll have roast turkey will dressing, gravy, mashed potatoes, and peas. For dessert, I'll make James' favorite chocolate pie and a pumpkin pie for me. LOL, let the merriment commence!