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Tuesday, September 3, 2013

September's Garden...

It's been a busy day in Linda's kitchen. After a (slightly) lazy weekend (dreary rainy weather- what's a girl to do but relax and read?) I decided it was time to get myself in gear and get some things done. So: one banana bread, one large batch of ratatouille, one large batch of chicken soup, one large batch of meatballs and one batch of Lady Ashburnham pickles cut up and ready to cook and bottle tomorrow morning... I'm feeling like it was a productive afternoon and evening. Actually I cannot take full credit for the meatballs- I was "teaching/supervising" Mark while he made himself a large batch to freeze.
I have friends who have just gone off to Europe for several weeks- I drove them to the airport Sunday morning and they told me their freezer decided to quit just the day before. How lucky they are that it didn't happen a day or two after they left for 3 weeks... (Do you ever think to ask someone to check your freezer when you are away on vacation? I don't...) So that got me thinking, time to get some things used up out of my freezer. It is so full, if it ever conked out, I'd have a hard
time "farming out" all the contents to the freezers of family and friends while we replaced it... food for thought...
My perennial gardens are slowing down as the days begin to cool... My gladiolas are nearly finished blooming - above is today's bouquet. Aren't they beautiful? My veggie garden is also coming to an end. All that's left now are carrots and beets, tomatoes and cukes. The tomato crop leaves a lot to be desired but everything else has done pretty well. We are eating one or more cucumbers a day, I've done two batches of pickles and given away a good number as well- that is one thing I can grow well!! lol With all the rain we have had they have been growing fast and furious!
Do you have a vegetable garden - how has it done this year?

Peace,
Linda


"We know that in September, we will wander through the warm winds of summer's wreckage. We will welcome summer's ghost." ~ Henry Rollins

7 comments:

Gwen Buchanan said...

My absolutely all time favourite pickle "Lady Ashburnham"...

Lavender Cottage said...

I got trapped in the laid back mode from so many rainy days last week, I can't seem to motivate myself. My small veggie garden did as well as expected this year and we had roasted yellow beets with dinner last night.
A friend's new fridge conked out while they were away and all the meat in their freezer had to be tossed when they returned. A message here to check fridges too along with a freezer.
Judith

quilton said...

Hi Linda,
We went camping on Thanksgiving week-end to come home and find our fridge rather warm inside. The kids check our house while we vacation now and the #1 rule is check the fridge. I'll add the freezer to that list. Thanks for the tip.
Bev

Lorette Cole said...

Very pretty glads.

Jeanna said...

Your flowers are still very pretty Linda. Hard to believe it is September already.

You more than made up for any relaxing you did over the weekend. The pickles sound delish as do the meatballs.

Enjoy your day :)

Anonymous said...

Thought I would tell you about my initial attempt at growing tomatoes: I have two patio plants, one Saproni tomatoes, the other medium sized ones. Both are growing like crazy, producing oodles of fruit. Delicious! Jeanne Kaye

Pamela Gordon said...

Beautiful gladiolas, Linda! I love these flowers and only grew them once when we were first married. I need to make my Lady Ashburnham's! I should have done it today. There's still time I guess. Mark has a pretty good garden this year and we've had carrots, beans and cukes from it. So yummy!

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