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.