Thursday, October 21, 2010

It was the best of times; It was the worst of times

I am almost done harvesting this year and have a few pics to share. How cute is that carrot drop? It's no bigger than my pinky fingertip :)
Here is a comparison of our carrots: Those humongous carrots are as big as large baking potatos!

All in all the garden was a success.... for peppers! I harvested over 175 lbs of anaheims (green chiles) and over 75 lbs of jalapenos. Our freezer is more than half full of anaheims and I have countless peppers drying for ristas.
Here's a comparison shot of our jalapenos. The ones on the right are called super nachos
and here is a shot with some Mammoth Jalapenos!
I wish I could say the tomatoes were a success, but everyone had tomato trouble this year. We had frosts turn to extreme heat, then hail and LOTS of rain. Had a few tornados blow through and just as the tomatoes were coming on we had a week of storms and the tomatoes filled up with water and many burst right open whether they were ripe or not. It was so disappointing to watch, but I am thankful that I was able to can 2 cases with these: After that the storms hit, and everything was waterlogged. We have had several frosty nights and last weekend I pulled all the pepper plants. I still have the tomatoes left to pluck and I think I am going to have to learn how to use the tractor for tilling, if Mr. Clay is able to learn me.
He has not done well lately. The pnumonia he had this summer took him down another peg. A shower is a major undertaking now, and he has trouble standing for more than 5 minutes. He doesn't venture outside the house much anymore :(
So it's been the best of times and the worst of times

Til next time...


Raige Creations said...

your garden is awesome, even if it was a rough year on tomatoes.
hope your hubby feels better!
and good luck with the tiller.

Sinclair said...

Our whole garden was less successful this year. the tomatoes were miserable, and we only got one pumpkin and a few zucchini. The garlic and bunching onions were the best and gave a pretty good output.

I'm sorry Mr. Clay is declining so. Hang in there!

Thriftin' Gal a/k/a Feathers said...

Wow, your garden is just amazing! Can't believe how much you have done this summer! I had tons of tomatoes this year, I will send you some :) But all my squash plants died from those bugs that get on them.

Hope Mr. Clay is doing better, I am sending prayers for you both.

hugs to you!