It looks like I’m going to be bringing all my green tomatoes with me to process into green tomato ketchup (by the boys request). I’m a tad disappointed that only a few ripened, but glad they are still useable. I was planning on putting in 10lbs of garlic this fall, but good intentions….I put in .5 lbs of Red Russian garlic, but I did prep two new big raised beds that will be all ready for spring planting which I am pretty stoked about. I”ve been building some stone retaining walls all around the kitchen garden and they really define the space in such a satisfying way. All and all it was a pretty successful gardening season for me. I had enough veggies to share and we didn’t have to buy much in the way of greens for most of the summer. We have one piddly pumpkin and a cantaloupe the size of a golf ball. I was amazed by the perfect waxy purple eggplants that we grew. Looking forward to spending some time pouring through seed catalogs this winter and getting connected with local gardeners next spring.
I’ve just joined http://inthekoots.com/ in the gardening group, hope to see some of you there!
September spun by with a cool breeze and warm sun. This morning was first frost. A light one, but definitely a frost. My green tomatoes hang heavy with my first bumper crop, I think I wasn’t aggressive enough in pruning them back this year and they became quite the jungle. Towards fall when I was worrying about this day coming I started ripping off new blooms and excess growth. I did this twice earlier in the summer as well. The compost alone I’ve gained from all the tomato greens has certainly paid for the transplants. I am looking forward to ‘harvesting’ my compost in the spring. I must tell you that the compostable chip bags do not compost in 18 months and made last years compost unready this spring.
The kids and I are heading off hopefully this weekend for a few blissful weeks of water and central heat and fun city things to do. We will be in internet zone for almost a month, so hopefully I can get back in the swing of blogging.
Mr.T is going to juggle some building work for us and for a neighbour and we will come home when our laundryroom/family closet/bathroom is built. I’ll warn you, it’s gonna be rustic.
We will be back in the Kootenays for November for sure since I am having the following surgeries- Laparoscopy, Bilateral Salpungectomy, Hysterosypy, Ablation and possible removal of endo/hysterectomy. I’m planning on watching the surgeries on You Tube, but haven’t gotten the chance yet. If you’ve been through any of these and are feeling chatty- fill me in. So far, the big question for me is “Is that going to make my belly button hurt?”
Oddly, the Gyno told me that that isn’t what most women ask, they are usually more worried about the scraping down/removal of internal organs. I however am pretty darn excited about missing out on 30 more years of menses!
Coach Rapper is enjoying school. He is in love with his teacher who he describes as “slim and beautiful with long blond hair”. It’s true, she is lovely, and very sweet. I met her today and the adoration is mutual. We are having a few little hiccups along the way as my little man works out the big bad world of social dynamics of the school bus, including a marshmallow gun going off right into his eye with some nasty swelling and our nieghbour and his little friend deciding he is “bored” of sitting with him. He is rolling with the punches though and comes home happy with his day, and lots of questions.
Well, I better be going home right away, it’s almost 11pm!