General update

We came within a couple degrees of a frost over the weekend, but got lucky, so the garden still grows.

Since I’ve already got 15 quarts of tomato sauce stored away I decided to smoke half the tomatoes to go into the next batch, I figure if we hate it we’ll still have plenty left of the normal kind.  I’ve basically stopped picking tomatoes, there’s going to be a million volunteer plants next year, but I managed to totally overwhelm myself with tomatoes this year…..

Hot peppers are still going strong.  The Buena Mulatas would make a very pretty decorative landscaping plant if anyone was so inclined.

I picked a total of 5 pumpkins this year.  I haven’t had a chance to process any of them yet, but a couple are pretty big.

My supervisor at work is on her way out, I forget when she said her last day is, but its only a couple weeks.  Now the wait to see who they put in her place.  I know who I’d like to see in the position, but only time will tell.

Arty has managed to get into something he’s allergic too, he’s got a nasty raw itchy spot on his belly.  I noticed a week or so ago that he was itchy, and gave him a bath.  Extra itchy isn’t unusual for him this time of year, he goes through a shed period now, but I was keeping an eye on him just in case.  The bath seemed to help a little, but not as much as I’d hoped.  Then yesterday he was rolling in something (dammit dog, do you want another bath!!) when I noticed the raw spot on his belly.  So we’re off to the vets in a bit to make sure its not bacterial or something.

Otherwise there’s not much going on here right now, normal fall-winter prep stuff.  We’ve managed to not have to kick on the furnace yet, but I’m not sure that’s going to last much longer.

2 Comments

  1. Comment by bogie:

    Do you get a lot of tomato seeds that survive the winter and sprout the next spring? Although not unheard of around here, it is rare and I’ve only had a couple volunteers in all the years I had gardens. Of course, I have never had a garden that I supplied with even close to ideal conditions, so that might have something to do with it. I have had several volunteer squash plants though.

    Poor Artie – hope you figure out what he is reacting to and can get that out of the environment.

    Hope your new supervisor is better than the one on the way out (if I remember correctly anyway).

    • Comment by Ruth:

      This year I had a bunch! I assume thanks to the fairly mild winter. The tire beds DO keep things warmer than normal raised beds though, so I’m sure that helps. I’ve had at least a couple for every year I’ve been growing tomatoes.

      Arty is doing better. We haven’t figured out what he was reacting to though, so watching him closely.

      And yup. Cross fingers for me!