What’s been up doc…….

All of a sudden it’s August.  It seems like the vegetables were just planted and the next thing you know, the corn is as high as an elephant’s thigh and not looking nearly as good as the neighbor’s, the tomatoes have run amuck, the hot peppers are proliferating well beyond any normal usage of a serrano or jalapeno, the cucumbers you were counting on get their second blight, the two squash plants nicely let every other fruit get blossom end rot, and the beans grow together and so lushly that when you finally find them they are too beany to eat!  The only thing really behaving are the tomatillos and the basil, but it’s not the end of the season yet!  Check out the family album.  Despite the ups and downs like any family, I still enjoyed every dirty moment.

My first carrots!  With a side of beets!

My first carrots! With a side of beets!  That’s what’s finally up!!

My first red onions!  Vole survivors!

My first red onions! Vole survivors!

The top of the mountain of Juliet grape tomatoes!  Note to self - normal people only need one of these plants!

The top of the mountain of Juliet grape tomatoes! Note to self – normal people only need one of these plants!

Serrano peppers hanging out waiting for me to find a recipe to use them in!  Lots of their siblings already went to Chef Ryan at Preservation in Florida!  I'm sure he figured out what to do with them.

Serrano peppers hanging out waiting for me to find a recipe to use them in! Lots of their siblings already went to Chef Ryan at Preservation in Florida! I’m sure he figured out what to do with them.

Who can resist the chocolate bell pepper plant??  Not me, of course!

Who can resist the chocolate bell pepper plant?? Not me, of course!

What can I say - a few future Gems!  Not the bounty I was hoping for - again!

What can I say – a few future Gems! Not the bounty I was hoping for – again!

Half and half squash - I say stick with zucchini - at least you know what to call the bread!

Half and half squash – I say stick with zucchini – at least you know what to call the bread!

Best behaving beautiful basil future pesto!

Best behaving beautiful basil future pesto!

Tomatillo tents!

Tomatillo tents!

My inherited garden trellis with well-trained beans!

My inherited garden trellis with well-trained beans!

Purple beans that become regular green beens when cooked - so fake purple beans!

The well-trained purple beans that become regular green beens when cooked – so fake purple beans!

Yes, there will be succotash again this year and you will love it!

Yes, there will be succotash again this year and you will love it!

 

Pretty Pink Girls!  That's the name of these heirloom beauties - the calm before the storm!

Pretty Pink Girls! That’s the name of these heirloom beauties – the calm before the storm!

My own personal plum tomato storm.  No ! needed.

My own personal plum tomato storm. No ! needed.

I have learned a valuable lesson this year, my year of farming without my son running to Center City on a daily basis with produce from our neighboring farmettes, letting other people utilize what we had coaxed from the dirt.  I will not plant 3 dozen tomato plants.  I will not plant way, way too many hot peppers and I will find another variety of green bean that doesn’t make big giant seeds before you even get to eat them.  I will research how to enrich the soil for grown corn that gets higher than an elephant’s thigh and I will still try and grow Kirby cucumbers, blight or no blight!  Maybe I will dig a well.  Probably I won’t.  Definitely I will have fun!  And soul satisfaction!  And a peaceful place!

 

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2 thoughts on “What’s been up doc…….

  1. You take the best pics and are an amazing writer.Luca lives vicariously through your blog and wishes he lived on the farmett

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