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Wednesday, August 26, 2009

The End

Well, the garden is pretty much over here for the most part. Squash is all dried up, to tell you the truth, the squash was the worst season I have ever had. Really had nothing to speak of. Not ONE squash. The pumpkins died weeks ago. Have a few tomatoes left, not many. Had some early on, but it is really dwindling down. We did have a ton of peppers, I think we had every variety ever invented this year. That was thanks to my husband, John. I don't like peppers. I think they are a waste of time and take up too much room. Why on earth would you plant so many different kinds of peppers. What can you do with them? Seems to me, beyond salsa, there really isn't much else. And how much salsa can you make in one summer? I had a few zinfandel grapes, got pretty excited about that. Was going to save them to have on a nice cheese and cracker plate one night under the arbor with our wine. By the time I got to them, they had already turned to raisins. HUH?

Had a few herbs, but even that was pretty grim. All in all, the garden this year was a loser. Now that I think about it, I think I am going to go a different way next year. I am thinking...an orchard. I love fruit trees. And I am really tired of looking at dry dirt. All the time I wasted this summer watering that garden, and if I am perfectly honest with myself, it really was just a big old dry patch of...well, nothing.

Being that the garden looks so "lifeless" I put this scarecrow out. And over the years, I have taken alot of heat over this guy. First of all, he has been called "tacky". I admit it, I did get him at Michaels years ago..because he made me HAPPY. But, no, he wasn't made by me, he wasn't something out of the Martha Halloween magazine,he isn't even something decent from some fancy "decorator" shop. And he's old. Which I kinda like. Some folks ask why I just don't get a new one if I have to have a "Michaels" scarecrow. Nope, he is what he is. And that's just fine by me. He might be tired too, but he makes me happy.


  1. You know that Rick Bayless would have a siatica attack if he heard you malign the pepper.
    How about Pasilla? Then you could make John Chiles Rellanos. But I like your orchard idea.
    And i sure do love that picture of Dandie.

    donkey in the pines

  2. thanks for commenting on dande..isn't she adorable...i can't take my eyes off of her. we are so in love with that little girl.john and i just stare at her and say..isn't she darling?

    that's funny...about the peppers.oh, yea, we did have some pasilla. about the size of your baby finger...literally...

    that garden...what a bomb.

  3. Don't feel too bad, my garden was the biggest loser of them all this year. Since we only have a balcony, I rented a vegetable plot from the local farmer. It was huge, and there were so many weeds that I was totally overwhelmed. The lot cost 80 euros, and I think I ended up harvest a fist fuil of radishes, two tomatoes, and a zuchinni. The most expensive veggies known to mankind! I did, however, also plant cosmos and poppies, which thrived better than anything else, and which I cut for bouquets once in a while. The worst disappointment was an heirloom cinderella's carriage pumpkin which was doing quite well until we had a brutal storm and it was destroyed by golfball sized hale stones. Oh well. Next year I plan on making my balcony as pretty as possible and sticking to potted plants.

  4. I've been out of town, but noticed when I was away how dried up and dead everything looked. And then I realized it was August 31-where did the summer go? Time is flying by too fast!!

  5. Have had some dental problems and have been out of it. Hopefully. I am out of the woods and should be back up and running soon.

    Thanks for hanging in there with me everybody !
    More later,

  6. Hi Kary, Hope the dental problems are under control. At least you tried a garden. Our property is too shady for most things. I like you scarecrow and if he makes you smile, that is all that matters.


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