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.
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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A Better Habit (I Hope)
Last Monday I finished a book about habits. Information About the Book
The juicy part of the book discussed methods for replacing one habit with a more desirable habit. My friends and relatives all know I have a habit of neglecting “Sybal’s Front Door.” My last entry was July, and that was after a gap of about five months.
I really want to replace the habit of neglect with the habit of posting every week. This keeps my family and friends in the loop. It also gives me a moment to hammer a nail into the week because time passes so quickly these days. Turn around and its April, turn around and its August, turn around and its Christmas. Continue reading “First Sunday in September at the Front Door”