|Native public garden in Boone|
Though the temps were hot, 90 degrees, I managed to get the sweet potatoes weeded, and helped J gather firewood offered from a nearby site that had recently been timbered. I did pull up a couple of plants while weeding, so have the first of the sweet potatoes curing. J cleaned up the garden, and took down the remaining, sad cucumbers, as well as the tomatoes that were done. He also harvested most of the Seminole pumpkins. Okra and eggplant are still coming on strong, and a few tomatoes. It looks like the squash are done. Kale is doing great, lettuce is filling in, the cabbage and collards are doing well. Soon, cooler temps are arriving. Thank goodness for that. I made kefir, yogurt and a batch of granola. For a dinner, I made potato salad, asian cucumbers (the last of the season... sigh), and okra, using all homegrown vegi's and herbs. Several bags of okra were frozen for future meals.
|my sweetheart at the gardens|
I began doing some fall cleaning, and so far have washed windows on two sides of the house and the two storm doors. I've had paint for our main entrance door for a few months, and last week put three coats of chalk paint on it, in Boxwood green. There are a few small spots that I must have missed getting the base coat on, as it's not adhering well there. I sanded those spots, and will repaint them. The propane bill was paid within 10 days, which gives me a discount. Photos were ordered with a 40% coupon. I've been wanting to create a wall of family photos, and these will finish up the photos needed. I went through ebates for the purchase, so that will give another 4% off. J planted a mix of fall greens, what a local seed store called Grandpa's salad mix. Sadly, the seed store closed last year, but he went to another one while working in that town, and had them mix up a close approximation, a mix of mustards, kales, turnips, rape/canola seeds and a purple collard. We love to eat the greens raw in a salad. I made eggplant parmesan with our eggplant, tomatoes, garlic and herbs, and an apple cake with our apples. It's lovely that fall is here!