Well… let’s just say that I’m so glad I could write a nice garden harvest post before I left for the Labor Day weekend.
At that point we actually had produce to harvest and enjoy.
Then we left.
It was a record 107 degrees as we drove to my parents place and it stayed hot and dry the entire weekend. By the time we returned on Monday – the garden looked post-apocalyptic.
All of the vineys – the squash, watermelon, cucumbers, pumpkins – everything was dead. Succumbed to the the deadly heat, drought, and dreaded squash bugs.
An they had fought so valiantly all summer.
A moment of silence please.
The corn was brown and dried up and the beans looked pathetic.
So much for a fall garden.
Well – except for the tomatoes. After waiting months for them to finally decide to ripen – they all ripened at once.
Buddy and I picked bushels of them – 3 banana boxes full.
We were seeing red all the next day as we canned 9 batches of spaghetti sauce in a single day. Never before have I done that many at once. Wowsa.
And they weren’t done.
A week later we picked another 2 banana boxes.
We have now canned 66 quarts of spaghetti sauce in 2 days.
And I can still see red ones when I look out the window.
Maybe someone should tell them there is a drought? They could slow down.
But I’m not complaining! Oh no – I’m just thankful to have any produce at all!
Really I am.
Anybody want to trade some beautiful red ripe tomatoes for some green beans? Zucchini? Sweet corn?Anything?
I didn’t think so.
Spaghetti sauce here we come.