A Real Summer…

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Today's pickings

Today’s pickings

Sandy

Sandy

This spring I had inkling. You know….a feeling, knowing that you know with no reasoning, a thought that just won’t go away. I had an inkling that this was going to be THE summer. A REAL summer.

Where I live, most of the summers are like this: Wet spring with a week of nice weather. Even wetter June. making you think that summer is never going to come. After July 4th the sun finally comes out and through the first part of August you are enjoying not having to wear your sweater every day. Then the middle of August arrives. You wake up one morning and the air feels different. The days are still warm, but the morning and nights are chilly. Fall is in the air. This weather goes on through the middle of October, then the rains start and winter is on it’s way.

This summer was going to be different. I knew it in a small pea sized part of my brain. I felt silly when I told the Mister about this “feeling”.  I said that we needed to get the garden in early and we needed to plant some of the things that we  always wanted to plant, but needed more heat then we normally had.

The garden towards the end of June

The garden towards the end of June

He humored me and helped me get the garden in by the middle of May. (I know this doesn’t sound early for many, but so many times seed would rot in the ground if put in before June.) My sister started seeds for me in her greenhouse and my garden was up and running. I had always heard  the saying about corn, “knee high by the 4th of July” but mine never made it higher then my ankle by then. This year I went out to my garden on the 4th and did a happy dance!! My corn was knee high!!

The garden in July

The garden in July

This has been the nicest summer that we’ve had in a long time.  Our garden looks better than ever. We no longer have a say as to what to have for dinner. The garden tells us what we must eat. Lots of lettuce early on. Then beet greens when I thinned the beets. Lots of sugar snap peas before the real hot weather hit. Huge acorn and spaghetti squash. Beans.  Zucchini.   More zucchini.  Zucchini fried, sautéed, stuffed with sausage and marinated with lemon dressing. Yum! Good thing I like it. The corn is almost ready. Pumpkin and winter squash growing bigger every day. The 2 butternut squash plants have taken over the middle of the garden. We have cabbages almost ready to be made into kraut. And the cucumbers are coming so fast we have pickle brine made ahead, ready to throw the morning pick into jars for quick dills and mustard pickles. And the cantaloupes I planted have tiny fruit on them.

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The Garden in August

 

I’m so glad the Mister was willing to go along with my crazy inkling. We have the garden I’ve always dreamed of. This winter, when the rains and cold weather come I will be enjoying all of the things we have put up and feel a little warmer with the memories of the “real” summer.

Sandy’s Marinated Zucchini Recipe

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  1. Hey sis, great job on your first post!

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