Will and I have been busy picking, shucking, and roping up our various varieties of corn to beat the darned birds to it. I’m so glad to have him helping me as between my sore foot (don’t know why it’s sore!) and knee, all that walking the fields and picking corn is kind of hard. I pop a couple of Tylenol, wait an hour then hit it again. So when he can help between haying, it’s really appreciated. We’ve finally got in most of our Seneca Sunrise sweet corn, which turned out very nice, despite everything.
Now we’re working on our Simonet sweet corn from Canada. I’m really impressed with that too, as it was planted in the North garden where we could not water a bit and the plants still kicked out two cobs on most plants and pretty nice, long cobs, over-all. And it’s sweet and corn flavored too. Can’t beat that! I’ve still got a lot to harvest, but am pecking away on it every day
Between corn harvesting, I’ve been bringing in six to nine varieties of tomatoes every day to save seed from. The Sand garden’s tomatoes are impressive! I’m amazed every time I go out there. We’ve really got some nice paste tomatoes this year, ranging from old favorites like Ruth Collier Paste to the new Russian Oxheart, which wowed me this morning. I have to laugh — our old Labrador, Spencer, is our tomato tester. He gobbles down any tomatoes I give him after I extract the seeds. But his very favorite is Black Beauty. Even on a full stomach, he was whining and begging for them! (Yes, he does know the difference. I once gave him a piece of store tomato and he promptly spit it out with vigor. Blah! Phewie! What the heck was that?”
Our pumpkins are coming on like crazy. We raise a whole lot for the local nursery, The Watering Can. We’ve got a few Big Max pumpkins that weigh well over 100 pounds and some Howdens that are nearing 60 pounds. They liked all the manure Will spread next to the rows. Mo’ poo poo! — Jackie