It has been a very strange season in the garden.
A combination of perfect conditions and mixed results
The cool, wet Spring allowed everything to grow without
stress; then the heat set in followed by non-stop rain.
The garden doesn't seem to know exactly where it should be!
Speaking of which, the Bees have been busy
(of course they have)
which resulted in a tremendous cucumber crop,
climbing up the cattle panels and actually onto
the chicken wire fencing.
Almost every weekend, and sometimes in between,
we are canning either pint or quart jars of pickles:
cucumber slices, spears, mixed vegetables.
Taylor's had a smiley face!
She (my granddaughter) made a few jars to
bring back to her place.
The tomatillos are just everywhere
and we have made several jars of
Now these are the good parts; however, there is also the bad.
Now the squash bugs have decided to appear, much
later than last year. I was killing those things left and
right, every single day, last season. Now I find them
mating on top of the tomatillos
(love in a hot air balloon?)
so I inspect with duct tape, sticky side out,
wrapped around my hand and get the adults before
they can make the babies, although I am certain I will
soon find the eggs beneath my squash leaves.
We saw a little bird flitting from tomatillo to
tomatillo so I hope it's a special
Squash Bug Eating Sparrow or something.
On a lighter note I am progressing with my
Bee-Utiful quilt along sponsored by Moda.
It's been fun watching how to do the embroidery
stitches and experimenting with color and applique.
I can't say I'm "good" at it but coming along and
learning from my mistakes.