A Welcomed Season

Colorful leaves, pumpkin flavored everything, apples fresh from the tree…and of course, what I look forward to most of all-cooler weather. This summer has been long, hot, and plentiful. We were blessed with a bountiful garden that provided a lot of produce to preserve. So far, our garden has produced 172 pounds of food!

I've put up record amounts of food this year. My freezer and cupboards are full.

I’ve put up record amounts of food this year. My freezer and cupboards are full.

We finally took the tomatoes out of the garden the first week of September. They were looking tired and we had a horrible infestation of stink bugs. The entire garden was beginning to smell like the nasty creatures. We have only kept the okra and the peppers going. The cucumbers I planted in August are doing well and hopefully will be making some fruit to enjoy.

Hopefully, we will have cucumbers soon.

Hopefully, we will have cucumbers soon.

The last of the tomatoes. It has been a great season.

The last of the tomatoes. It has been a great season.

 

The last crockpot full of chili base. This pot has earned its purchase.

The last crockpot full of chili base. This pot has earned its purchase.

We have enjoyed some cooler weather that has refreshed the plants and due to some rain we received, things perked up once again. I am debating about how much I want to plant for the fall garden. I know that I want to plant some peas and salad greens, but not sure if I am going to plant anything else due to my exhausted state. The plentiful garden has worn me down and the fast approaching holidays are starting to make me rethink a full garden plan.

I will leave you with some fall advice….enjoy the cool days, the falling leaves, the pumpkin spice lattes….life is too short not to. Blessings, Catherine

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