When I was home at the cabin a couple of weeks ago, I saw lots of progress in the garden. The plants were bigger, the colors more vibrant, and the harvest was definitely underway. Okra, tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, strawberries, eggplant, squash, mystery vines, plus lots of herbs and flowers abounded. Seeing the fruits of one’s labor is so rewarding, especially in a situation like this. We get to enjoy my family’s work for a year at a time. Dad’s tilling and smoothing of the ground with the tractor, the work of mom’s planting, the excitement of the seeds peeking out of the ground, the joy of seeing color for the first time as the plants grow, the harvest, the preservation, and the best part- eating it all!
I’m excited to see the mystery vines getting bigger. These still look like pumpkins at about 6-7″ across. However, one of the other vines has one fruit that has turned a peachy blush color. Any ideas on these? They squaty tiny gourds have since disappeared, so I imagine that they grew into the pumpkins.
We’ve had tons and tons of tomatoes come in. I took the ones that I picked that day and canned them. In all it was a quart, plus two pints. Not a huge amount, but I will be glad to have them in the fall come chili and vegetable soup time!
Having flowers in the middle of the vegetable garden is a nice addition. Zinnias are a staple in our gardens and have been as long as I can remember. They grow tall and proud and abundantly! It is one of the best flowers to keep handy for a quick bouquet. With a mix of colors, you can go with warm colors or cool ones to compliment whatever setting you have. They just make you smile!
Ah, my faithful garden friend, Willie. Like many cats, he likes to know what you’re up to and get underfoot. He’s always nosing around out here and loves to dig. He often comes back to the cabin a much darker color than when he left.
The turkeys were one of my favorite sights this weekend. I see them on the property a good bit, but not usually right near the cabin. Friday morning, there were two of them right outside the front of the cabin about fifteen or twenty feet away, clucking softly and scratching around. They stayed close for about three hours, but kept out of sight for the most part. On Saturday morning, there were two families that came by. Below is the first one. It was a pair with six chicks! the picture is not dynamic and I wish it was better, but you can get the idea. About three minutes later a mama and three chicks (a little older) walked by quickly into the trees.
Below are some jars of the tomatoes I picked. I mixed the red and yellow together and think it turned out to be a good batch. I’ve also put up a ton of the cucumbers and will post separately about the experience with those.