Last Friday we spent most of the day in the Dr. Office in St. Louis, arrived home rather late to a big mess. Pipes to upstairs shower had busted/leaking all over, and into basement apartment-ceiling tile on the floor and several inches of water.
So that was our focus the rest of the weekend and this week. Today we go to Farmington for some additional tests, so I'm going to post early, since I don't know when we will back. I'll be leaving in a few minutes.
Have a great weekend. Prayers up for all. God Bless.
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Prayers that your doctor visits will be nothing but good news.
Still picking cucumbers, okra, tomatoes and pumpkins/squash here. Due to dig sweet potatoes in a couple 2 or 3 weeks.
Rice also coming in. Hoping for 10-15lbs this year. Didn’t know what I was doing so happy with that number. Still need to net it so losing some to birds but it is what it is. It’s upland rice and I planted it SRI style.
Lime tree is absolutely loaded as is the calamondin tree. Though we’d lose the calamondin but I put some of the ‘great white’ probiotic stuff in distilled water and watered that dude with that for several weeks and it literally exploded with growth/blooms.
Neighbor gave us a 5gal bucket of pears and those spent a couple days in the crockpot making pear butter. Yum.
Will be cleaning frozen blueberries out of my freezer this week to make jelly and make room for frozen cooked pumpkin.
Love love love my Ball electric water canner. Boils faster than my waterbath canner on the stove and doesn’t take up an eye (or actually 2 or 3 because it’s so large) to do it.
Going to plant some late corn (yukon chief) today along with some succession lettuce and other greens.
We don’t usually get enough cold weather for winter wheat varieties to vernalize so I’m going to try putting some on a damp paper towel in a ziploc bag in a pan in the fridge for a couple months. Read something on a website at North Dakota ag or Iowa ag or somewhere that said as soon as the little wheat berries imbibed water the vernalization process started. Have a pound of those (red fife) and am going to give that a go. If that goes OK will plant those out end of November when our wheat planting date rolls around.
Saying a prayer for folks on the East Coast.
We've gotten some rain over the past couple weeks here in Central Missouri. I wouldn't say that we're out of drought conditions, but we're in better shape than we were a month ago. The rainfall softened the clay in the bottom of my pond and made it much easier to dig. Right now it has the perfect amount of moisture for packing and I've been making steady progress on closing the cut in the dam. I'm going to stay on that hard over the weekend to get as much as possible done before we leave on vacation next Wednesday. I'll get some pics of the progress and post them later in the weekend.
Still getting tomatoes and green beans. Pepper plants are loaded. Okra is going insane. I've got a few more potatoes still to dig.
We got the pumpkins out last weekend.
My little experiment of planting tomatoes in pots really panned out.
I used some 10 gallon pots I had picked up at the local dumpster and cleaned up. I was afraid that a 10 gallon pot would be too small but it hasn’t been a problem.
I planted 4 BeefMaster plants and have been supplying everyone with tomatoes.
The BeefMaster is an indeterminate variety and really grows.
I used some T posts and tried the Florida weave which worked great.
The plants overgrew the weave so I just let them grow.
I haven’t been able to care for them the last few weeks and hornworms have taken a toll.
I planted sweet peppers in an old 4×8 flower bed.
Green bell, yellow bell and sweet banana peppers.
I’m drowning in peppers!
First try with banana peppers and bought an unknown variety. The plants are 5 feet tall and still producing nice peppers.
I only had a few green peppers because just as they were getting to picking size they disappeared!
One of my neighbors is a known garden varmint.
He walks his dog between 3am and 4am and takes his pick of the local produce.
I’m wondering now if my plants will survive Florence.
Our Prayers are with you greeneyes and so sorry to hear about the broken pipe and damage to your home. Our corn is done and plants will come out today or tomorrow. We still have no ripe tomatoes but cukes are producing thanks to unusually great weather for this area. Cinderella pumpkins are doing fine and blueberries are done for the year.
Sorry for your water woes - I’m sure you did it in solidarity for Hurricane Florence victims, and all of the flooding we’ve had in Wisconsin this late summer, too! *WINK*
Hope your Doctor has positive news for you!
I am winding down. Dug the last of the potatoes, yesterday, harvested three Crimson Sweet Watermelon - which were a total surprise. Beau took two others up to Bear Camp with him.
I have a few green tomatoes left that are ripening on the porch, and I have four more paste-type tomato plants to glean what I can and oven dry them...then, I’M DONE! Wa-HOO!
Can you tell I’m sick of canning? Well, I AM! :)
Waiting for this mini-heatwave to pass this weekend, then some garden bed clean up ahead of me, garlic to plant and some fall greens like lettuces, baby kale and spinach and arugula to pop in.
I dug up a few peppers to keep in the greenhouse to see how long I can keep them going, and a BIG greenhouse clean up is in order - got some storage crates to neaten things up in there.
Just a few Hummingbirds left; most have headed to Costa Rica for the winter...wish *I* were, too!
End of another growing year as I started digging up the old corn plants in the garden and will be harvesting pumpkins soon...
Even tough the weather continues to be warm and humid, the plants are telling me that fall is just around the corner. Caladium is slowly dying back and the flower stalks on the coleus are dying back as well. Cucumber plants are finished, snapdragons starting to bloom once again. Tomatoes are going full tilt and I can hardly wait for them to ripen! My one and only marigold has bloomed! Taking cuttings of the geramium.
Saying prayers for you and your family.