I write today with a heavy heart. (I bet you thought I used a computer.) My tomatoes have a disease and are dying. I have a lot of tomatoes but I don’t know if they will survive the dying branches. I am taking some leaves and branches to the extension office tomorrow to see if they can determine what is wrong.
Today I picked 6 cucumbers. They are so sweet and delicious this year. I took one to my neighbor across the street. I know I cannot eat them all. If anyone wants a couple of cukes just let me know. (And no, I am not sending them across the country.)
I canned seven quarts of hot dilled beans today. I had been making the jars and putting them in the fridge until I had a load to can. I made three quarts today and had four in the fridge. They are lovely. I make them for the father-in-law who makes us such delicious Bloody Wilmas out of them. (That is a regular Bloody Mary but made with gin instead.) Since I discovered it, it is named after me.
I have three pints of raspberry sauce that I am going to can next. I hope this works so we can have this at Thanksgiving and Christmas. I plan to give one jar to a very special raspberry loving friend of mine.
I picked seven green peppers and laid them out on a cookie sheet to freeze. I’ll bag those up tomorrow to put in the freezer for this winter.
I am going out to gather sage to dry in the dehydrator. It should be done tomorrow also. I’ll start on some dried rosemary tomorrow.
Although I am struggling with my grief over the tomatoes, I will persevere. I figure I will plant the tomatoes in the herb garden next year and plant the herbs in the regular garden. I can give it a couple of years and see if I can get this disease or whatever it is to die!
I have beets out in the garden and I guess I will make some beet relish and can that this weekend. There is no rest for the wicked or rather for gardeners who plant much more than they really need. I just can’t resist growing things.