Gardening and the Unexpected

| 9/2/2009 4:55:05 PM

A photo of Vickie MorganThis year after two floods – second one happened in July with 4 inches of rain – I can’t believe my garden is producing this well. So far I’ve managed to get 3 dozen ears of corn, some peppers, cabbage, tomatoes, onions, and potatoes. Sadly, it’s those precious heirloom beans that didn’t quite make it through the second flood. I managed to pick one mess, so we had a medley of sorts for dinner with white-half runner, rattlesnake, and goose beans. It was soo good. I think I will just leave the rest on the vine and save them for seed for next year.

So, it was a nice surprise one day when some good friends called and said to come out to their country garden and pick beans. Well we couldn’t pass that up and we jumped in our truck and drove 40 minutes out to their garden that day. They received the same amount of rain as we did but their garden sits on a hill – so they still have a bountiful garden.

Picking beans in the shade.

We picked a bushel that day and I canned 14 quarts – there is nothing like good friends.

Jars of canned beans

This year I’ve become used to all the weeds, bugs, floods, and frosts. It’s when something quite out of the ordinary happened (like floods are ordinary) that I just threw up my hands, laughed, and thought, What next? Quite unenexpectedly one day while working in the garden, I heard big paws thumping on the ground, and then I heard someone holler, “TANNER!” I should have realized he was coming after me, his favorite neighbor, but it was too late. The neighbor’s big, brown, 120-pound Lab, Tanner, dashed through the vegetable garden stomping on plants as he ran to greet me, with his big tongue hanging out. He loves me what can I say. Except now the onions are not standing up so pretty and straight, and the poor corn plant on the end... Oh well, I straightened them up the best I could – they’ll grow.

9/14/2009 2:36:19 PM

Alice, That's a good way to grow tomatoes in a short summer climate-If it frosts before they ripe you could try wrapping your green tomatoes in newspaper--they will ripen slowly -be sure to check them often. I done this for many years with great success. Vickie

Alice P._1
9/14/2009 9:13:17 AM

I grew some beautiful tomato plants this year in containers. Our growing season in Butte, MT is very short and was even shorter this year due to a cold wet spring thru June. I will have abountiful crop if they ever ripen or else will have a lot of fried green tomatoes.

9/7/2009 4:15:11 PM

Dave, Gardening is so much fun --my garden is really not that large but with bean tepees and cucumber trellis I'm able to fit a lot in my small garden. It was amazing what we did get out of the garden after the flood and it was so nice what was given to us. It's good that your trying to can again--canning jars are found sometimes at yard sales - I was lucky and found four dozen canning jars at a yard sale this weekend for $1.25! Just in time for the peaches we bought. Hope you have a fantastic garden next year! Vickie

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