Friday, July 25, 2014
My Heart's Just Not In It
The garden is doing SO well this year! But, it's a bit overwhelming to me. I just can't keep up with it right now. I had also hoped to be blogging a little more often, showing new projects and new topics but I just don't have it in me. I'm tired, tired, tired. My chest aches and I get winded walking back from the chicken house. I seemed to be feeling better there for a while but the fatigue and foggy-headedness just won't go away. Something is not right, but I don't know what it is. I suspect I know but am not sure. Thought I knew several times before now. At any rate, I am going to try to keep posting something. It may just be photos or such for a while though.
And speaking of photos, here's a bunch of the garden just so ya'll can see. I hope all of ya'll that have a garden this year are also getting a good harvest. I have managed to can some green beans and some dilly beans for the first time but am not sure how much more I'll do.
Even my eggplants are doing good this year!! Now, ya'll long time readers know how I have fought and cursed with these things over the years, never able to eek out more than a couple puny little fruits. But this year they are really doing good and we have enjoyed several of them for supper. I think what helped was all the rain we got early in the season.
The bug patrol still helps me when I pick green beans. I can't tell what they are eating but they just go nuts over something in the plants. I planted Contender this year and I swore I will never plant a bush bean again. The bending over to pick them is killing my back. I also am not real thrilled with the flavor of the Contender. Oh, it's okay but the French heirlooms have a much richer taste.
I have been ecstatic to see so many honeybees on the corn this year. Just a swarm practically. They were slow coming around but they are here in force now. While they are here they also come up to the house to drink from the chickens' water basin. I'm happy to keep water out for them and we keep several dishes and bird bathes out for such purpose. I don't think the chickens are real thrilled with sharing their water with them but they don't hurt the bees.
The sunflowers are all volunteers but they are doing great! The wild birds use them for food and I'll throw an old head to the chickens every so often. They enjoy picking through them for the seeds.
I had a mystery plant appear in a not too crowded area of the garden, so I just let it grow out of curiosity. Seems it's a pumpkin!! So far I only have this one fruit but I'm hoping it might make at least one more. I'm excited to see if it's going to get very big.
My first year for successful green onions also!! Yay!! These are great and I'm going to try to keep some going at all times. Right now I just kinda pick them as I need them and they seem to be doing fine without going to seed.
It's been an extraordinary year for squash also. I may try canning some for winter casseroles, maybe. If I have the energy. I would at least like to put up some more salsa, peaches and peas, which are starting to come in now. I suppose I could freeze the peas if I got desperate and then can them later. Maybe? Can you do that?