I am so over summer, it can go directly into fall now! I do not mind warm and heat but dang, we could sure use a break and have a completely rainy, dreary day that keeps us inside once in a little while. I do not think it has gotten below 78 in the shack in months, I am sick of listening to the hum of the fan and I need a week of laziness and rain!
I really am working on a garden update but I like to do them on rainy days when I have nothing better to do. Since we rarely get more than a two minute sprinkle these days it does not leave me with much time to spend and put my efforts in to something that takes a few hours of my time to do except what has to be done. With the manthing off and working, boy does that sound funny, my time is even less to be parked on my butt.
But, for a quick update most things are doing pretty good. The main tomato bed is looking pretty ragged and played out so I gave all of them a major hair cut and hopefully they will perk back up. The ones in the hot tub are just beginning to produce harvest-able fruits. They are supposed to be tiny toms and only grow to about 18 inches tall and be suitable for containers but mine are ginormous and are more like trees than maters. I aint complaining though as we can use all the tomatoes we can get.
The tobacco is cruising along and growing at lightning speed now and so are its worms. Blech! This has now become my job too and it is gross. I run around with little scissors in my hand and rather than pull them off I chop them up into pieces. Gross I know but it is better than touching them. We are beginning to harvest more tobacco now and topping is a regular chore. When the plants start throwing shoots off we are actually taking the main plant off and leaving the new growth this year to see if that brings our yields up any. The car port is starting to get full of hanging plants and leaves now and the odor of curing tobacco is ever present.
The winter squash are starting to ripen and some of the plants are beginning to die back now. This morning I plucked about 150 pounds of the N GA roasters with oodles more left on the vines. The butternuts just keep making more babies and growing like mad as are the acorn and all of the other types that I have planted. I really do not know what we will do with all of this winter squash but it was suggested I start a winter squash, 365 meals type of blog and I just may before I am done.
The okra is finally coming in enough so that I can begin preserving some of that rather than just having an occasional meal of it. Yes, I went almost as much overboard on the okra as I did with the winter squash but at least I know that when we are sick of it I can let it all dry and use the seed for a coffee substitute. All of the fall seedlings that I planted last week are now up and growing quickly. I still can not plant the fall seeds a it is just too hot. Hopefully a break will come in the heat soon so that I can get them in or we will be without a fall garden and have to go directly to winter gardens.The first plantings of summer squash and cucumbers are beginning to die back but the late plantings are all flowering and have babies on them. One of my eggplants has finally got a baby and most of the corn is coming along pretty well. One patch is pretty nasty looking but it is located in the desert portion of ground and with it being so dry it will just have to die a slow horrible death and be fed out to the goats. They won't mind a bit that it has no corn on it.
On the personal side of things, manthing and I are both surviving the first week of his being gone all week. It is very strange and Monday was the longest day in the world EVER, but the rest of the week has gone ok. I also got my grades back from my first block of courses and got A's, so contrary to belief I still have a few of my brains cells in tact. Hopefully, Friday we will get some rain and I can spend some time to get things online caught up.