Summertime and the Living Isn’t Easy

Currently, I’m not in agreement with the old song that says “summertime and the living is easy.” Summer, at least for me, is very busy with trying to keep the garden alive and producing, preserving as much of the garden produce as I can, and trying to put out every fire my family can set along the way. Oh, and of course staying as cool as possible in hot and humid Georgia.

As of today, we have harvested 60 pounds of food including lots of cucumbers, tomatoes, blackberries, and a few okra. I am very pleased as this number is more than halfway to my goal of 95 pounds grown in 2015. The thunder is rumbling as I type which is a fantastic occurrence since we have not had rain at my house for nearly two weeks now and every single day has been an index of 100 or more.

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Dill Pickles

Dill Pickles

 

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I have managed to put up several pints of dill pickles and hot dog relish. I have only put up a couple of pints of stewed tomatoes but that will change soon enough with this hot weather turning the maters from green to red, orange and yellow.  I froze around five pints of blackberries that will be made into jam on a day that does not get higher than in the 80s. The hubs and I have been out each night with paper towels in hand killing worms and stink bugs on the veggies. So far, they have not done too much damage this year.

Peppers and Strawberries

Peppers and Strawberries

Okra growing in buckets.

Okra growing in buckets.

Cherokee Purple Tomato

Cherokee Purple Tomato

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White Eggplant

White Eggplant

Lemon Boy

Lemon Boy

Amish Paste

Amish Paste

I will leave you with pictures from the garden and a word to the wise-drink plenty of fluids, cool off when you can, and do take time out to enjoy the summer even if you have lots of work to keep you busy. Blessings, Catherine

I've planted tomatoes everywhere including pots and among the flowers.

I’ve planted tomatoes everywhere including pots and among the flowers.

 

Joseph gave me a beautiful bird bath for my birthday.

Joseph gave me a beautiful bird bath for my birthday.

Purple Coneflower

Purple Coneflower

 

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Red Marigolds

Red Marigolds

 

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