Well, I’m alive, and awake. Day 4 on the new allergy med and I think I might be getting used to it, I’m not feeling QUITE as bad as I did over the weekend.
The lily plants my aunt sent me have started blooming:
They’re from the family “crocosmia” though there’s virtually no way to tell which variety they are. We’re borderline too cold for them here, but if they’ll survive (cross fingers) they’re prolific and loved by bees and hummingbirds.
After a comparatively cool summer Mother Nature decided we needed at least a COUPLE hot days, and so last weekend we hit 90, both Friday and Saturday. My only gripe was that I had to uncover the garden lest it scorch. Course, we’re back to cool-ish weather, with lows potentially descending into the mid to low 40’s in the next week. So I had to re-cover the garden with the frost blankets.
The onions are, again, a bust. A couple good sized ones, the rest are tiny. Obviously I’m doing something wrong. Anyone ever tried planting onion seeds in the fall at the same time as garlic? Answers online are mixed…..
The white watermelon is trying to produce more fruit. If the buds take I’ll cover it and see if we can keep it warm enough to produce a decent melon or two……
The hot peppers and the tomatoes are loving the heat from the frost blankets though. Ripening has kicked into full swing. I’ve made 3 1/2 pint jars of pickled jalapenos, and 12 1/2 pint jars of jalapeno jelly (with either a single Hot Wax pepper or a single habanero pepper depending on the batch), plus filled a gallon freezer bag with large chopped hot peppers, and started a 2nd bag. Those peppers are in the freezer, and once the harvest is done I’ll toss them all in the dehydrator and then grind them into powder for Husband to use for seasoning through out the winter.