Garden Abundance, Garden Catastrophe


Mary, Mary quite contrary, how does your garden grow? With pounds  of summer squash, zucchini, and patty pan squash. With pounds of tomatoes, half a dozen cucumbers, and a handful of jalapenos.

Dealing with Garden Abundance

Tomatoes are a huge favorite in this house, and we are eating them by the barrel. Mostly loaded into tomato sandwiches with lots of mayonnaise, a little basil and some a sprinkle of Himalayan salt (the pink stuff).  There is no rational answer to the question of why three kinds of squash were planted.  Finding ways to use them all is problematic.  We give away what we can, but most of the neighbors are looking to give away their overproduction.  We did discover a wonderful summer soup recipe that uses squash, onions and/or leeks, a little thyme and lemon juice. However, there is a limit to the soup.

Garden Catastrophe

Right now, I am in the doghouse. Practically overnight, all the squash plants became infested with fungus.  Although new healthy squshlets keep showing up, the leaves are turning yellow-brown and dying away.  I think a brown thumb is in my genes.  Perhaps this garden catastrophe was inevitable.  Nevertheless, I had a good time with my first genuine gardening experience and look forward to trying my luck next year, armed with new knowledge.

I am most definitely NOT including photos of the sad remains of the garden.

 

 

 

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