Everything in the garden is big this year. Our hay crop is abundant, the peppers in the hoop house are awesome, and the Hopi Pale Grey squash are scary. You don’t even want to stand next to their tentacles! I’m afraid they’d grab you and drag you into their vines. Some are out of the patch, over the tomatoes, into the sweet corn and headed for the house! And this afternoon, Krystal came in bearing a huge Ameraucana egg we’re sure is at least a double yolker. Big!
We picked our first Provider beans on Saturday and I canned ’em up. We got 13 pints from the first picking! Today there are more ready and we also have ripe Neckargold, a yellow pole bean my friend Dara grew last year and loved. We’ll have some for supper but I want to save the rest for seed. They’re awesome. The vines are two feet thick and terrific climbers. Lots of beans, too!
Our tomatoes are doing wonderfully. The Farthest North plants are simply yellow with flowers. You can spot them all the way across the garden. Our Bill Beans are all sporting big tomatoes. This year Will is going to remove all but one from one plant and see just how big a tomato he can get. The world record is 8 pounds and that was grown in Ely, Minnesota, only 40 miles from us. But it was a hybrid. We’ll see how that goes.
Meanwhile, lots of pumpkins in the old pig pasture and Will’s Seneca Sunrise sweet corn is tasseling out and has little ears. Our donkeys, Crystal and Moose, got in the patch and knocked some over. Will thought they ate it! But, luckily, they mostly knocked them over to get at some clover between the rows. Thank God for “weeds”!
Oh, Will’s last CAT scan looked good. The doctor said that 95 percent of older folks who have CAT scans of their lungs have “bumps” and 95 percent of those are benign. So we heaved a big sigh of relief. He will get another CAT scan in 3 months just to be sure.
Thanks all of you who have bought my last Western, Autumn of the Loons. And thanks for the five star reviews! So far, it’s been all five stars and that sure pleases us. And it’ll help advertising and sales, too. — Jackie