Well, it's the end of a very very stressful week in the financial markets. For the sake of not trying to steal DoubleD's words, I'll be brief. But it's important for folks to know that we are in the midst of the deepest financial crisis in the history of the United States. Some would say we are nowhere near as bad as the Great Depression, but if we did not have the FDIC, there would be the run on the banks that caused the run on the stock market which collapsed the economy. Instead, we've had the federal government buying companies (AIG), brokering sales (Bear Sterns, WAMU) and incurring $5+ Trillion of debt with the take-over and guaranty of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. These are historic times, just not in a good way. It is likely that the turnaround will not occur until mid 2010, possibly later in Seattle due to the loss of 40,000 jobs and vacating of close to 2 million square feet of office space when WAMU is melded into JP Morgan.
All the more reason to save your money, pinch your pennies, and above all, grow as much of your own food as you can. That said, tonight I harvested 6 pounds of green beans from my garden. Likely the last hurrah for the year.
So I methodically clipped and cut these six pounds of beans while I caught up on some TiVo. An hour later and presto!
Boy is that a ton of green beans. Some nice frantic work to blanch and ice-bath, dry and spread out on pans for freezing. Another relaxing tv show later and tada!
Four pounds of green beans ready to be cooked up for dinner. Of course, I haven't tried the ones I froze before. I sure hope we like them, cause I've got roughtly 6 pounds of frozen green beans to feed my family this winter and spring. Boy do I hope we like them. Because prices of fresh produce are going through the roof. Did I mention that I de-stressed major tonight. Bonus!
While I was out there I snapped a few pics of my garden to share. Not much of it's good news.
The tomato plants are looking very sickly. I'm not sure if I'm not watering it enough (problem with SWC's is they don't water themselves in the rain), or maybe it's supposed to happen. Not sure, but I'm hoping the remaining tomatoes ripen.
Similarly, my cucumber plants are dying from the bottom up. The good news is that I'm still finding cukes growing in this weather. Boggles the mind doesn't it?
The corn is still growing too. It wasn't there when I harvested before so I'm hopeful that it's going to turn out ok. If not, it's only a handful of ears to compost.
I'll end the tour with pest problems. One is an old nemisis and the other is new.
Yep, that's a formerly healthy spinach leaf infested with leaf miners. It's in a totally different bed from my old spinach planting and it's 8 months later. So I'm guessing it's in the dirt. Grrr. I guess another thing on my list is to spray Spinosad natural biological warfare. Parasites for bugs. How cool is that?
What you can't see is formerly perfectly healthy cauliflower leaves. About two weeks ago I found a few nibbles. I didn't think much of it, because Steve Solomon's book said the healthier the seedling the more resistant it is to disease and infestation. I figured it's my healthiest cauliflower seedling so I'd be fine. Now I'm not sure it will survive. Grrr. Spinosad for these too I guess.
So, tomorrow starts a very busy but mostly enjoyable weekend. The weather's going to be great, in the mid 60s to low 70s and dry. It's going to be extra busy because on top of the huge list of things to do, I've been tasked to help my father-in-law to roof his new shed. I'm hoping it'll only take a few hours if he's all ready when I get there. As it is I'm going to be fighting light doing all of the work myself in the yard. The folks won't be able to help this weekend. Now I'll know a bit how EG feels. At least it will be very non-stressful, or stressful in a different / fun way.
Enjoy your garden, and grow tons!