We did have a lovely, warm(ish), sun-filled day all day yesterday but I didn't get as much done in the garden as I wanted.
About 1:30 p.m. Papa Pea banished me from outside as he was tearing apart the whole apiary dividing and combining the various hives to get them in the shape he wanted for the winter. We had one heckuva lot of angry bees flying around, and he was afraid one (or more) of them would take out their upsetness on me. I haven't gotten stung once this whole season, I'm happy to say, and didn't want to ruin the record so I abandoned my garden work for the day.
Good thing I got a lot done before then.
All the onions are harvested and laid out to begin the curing process. Although the picture doesn't look like it, I planted an equal number of yellow and red onions. I know the word is red onions usually don't keep as well as yellow ones, but I've always had good luck with them.
The slicing cukes in the cold frame are still producing like mad. Even the trellis of pickling cucumbers (Papa Pea was going to make some fermented pickles, but changed his mind) which have no protection from the less than good pickle growing temps are doing well. I've found that we like them chunked up in our kimchi mix and that's what I'm using them for.
What a haul of green peppers I found. If you want to find me later today, I'll be in the kitchen making another double batch of stuffed green peppers for the freezer.
Lastly . . . Kowabunga, Chief!! I found an eggplant!
Have you ever seen a more grotesquely formed eggplant? Maybe it looks better from the other side.
No, I guess not. The slugs apparently liked it though as there are all kinds of ugly-bugly slug nibbles all over it. This was the only fruit that formed on any of my four plants. Sigh.
Methinks the forecast for today's rain was accurate. We've had rolling thunder all morning and now this. The above picture, looking out our living room windows, was taken a couple of minutes ago at 8:58 a.m. Is that spooky, or what? It was actually that dark outside. Aaaannd . . . the torrential rains just started along with really blowsy winds. Batten down the hatches, men!
"Straw" and shots
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