A post should have gone up over the weekend, however, it has been very busy around here. That sounds familiar, doesn’t it? So I will go back to last week and try to pick up where I left off.
Last Thursday we woke up to colder temperatures. On Tuesday a cold front had moved in, but the bottom tried to drop out Thursday morning.
This is VERY early for such low temperatures. Thankfully it was just the one night. Since then, we have had daytime temperatures in the upper 60s-lower 70s with one day briefly hinting at 80. Our night times have been upper 40s to mid-50s. Most of the garden is in. Only the okra, tomatoes, jalapeños, bell peppers, cabbage, kale, and black turtle beans are left. We have more okra than last year in the freezer, but I’ll keep picking and freezing it until there is no more. The tomatoes are not putting on very many new ones, so it’s mostly just waiting for the green ones to ripen. The jalapeños will continue to produce until the first hard freeze. I have some in the refrigerator and there are more on the vines. This morning when I was picking the garden, I picked two more bell peppers. There are two heads of cabbage but both are small so if they don’t do anything before a hard freeze, the chickens will eventually et them. I cut the kale really short and am waiting to see if it will grow back again in the cooler temperatures. The chickens ate what was cut off. Finally, the black turtle beans are heavy on the plants. They still need to fill out a bit and then dry on the vines before picking. We shall see if that will happen, also before a hard freeze.
This year the marigolds have spread in the flowerbed in front of the dining room. This bed is full of yellowish-orange marigolds with verbenas, sage, parsley, catnip, one pink tea rose, one bell pepper plant, two jalapeño plants, and rosemary.
Just to the right of this picture is the front porch and I have seen a mouse run across the dirt both to and from this area. If we watch closely, we will see the marigolds moving when they are running through them and either under the sidewalk or under the house.
Recently DS was reading one of my magazines and he told me he would “be back in a minute.” He went out the front door, picked something off of one of these bushes and brought it back in.
He handed me one of these and said, “Mom, do you know what these are? I want you to make jam and jelly from them?”
This is a close up of rosehips that are growing on a rosebush in our front yard. The article was about harvesting these and making jam and/or jelly from them. Truth be told, these are not very big (not even as big as the last section of my thumb) and I’m not sure we have enough to even make on pint or half-pint, but DS and I researched them and about one week after the first hard freeze, we can harvest them and try to make jam or jelly. The recipe we found calls for two quarts of them so we shall see. Lesson to be learned: Don’t leave magazines out and about for DS to pick up and read when he is “bored”. You will increase your knowledge of new ideas and projects. 🙂
While DS was taking pictures of all kinds of different plants and things in the front yard, he found these:
So with time racing on, I will stop here and let you relax before I jump into this last weekend’s activities.