Well, last night did it. The galeux d'eysines, long bent on world domination, have met their match:
Jack Frost did them in.
Even the eggplant, which were covered, got nipped a bit last night.
We didn't have any wind last night and it frosted much harder than the night before. Amazingly, most of the tomato plants look pretty good. However, I think they're not long for this world since I think cleaning out the garden is on the agenda for the days I have off this week. I'm glad I harvested the pumpkins when I did. Even though some look barely ready, they're starting to get warts on them so I assumed they were ready enough. Time will tell.
Here's the remaining crew. See the pale ones.
Poor things, ripped from the vine so young,
It's time for my usual Monday update on "things". I love the Independence Days Challenge, it helps me keep on track and organize what I've done so I can see my accomplishments week by week toward the goal of being more self sufficient. Not that I have any delusions that we will ever be able to be totally self sufficient, but it's a start.
1. Plant something- only day lilies and iris. I'm STILL waiting on my kiwi plants to arrive.
2. Harvest something- pumpkins, cucumbers, tomatoes, eggplant and peppers. Oh, and some basil. Apples, pears and butternut squash from my parents.
3. Preserve something- froze 3 quarts of diced hot peppers and froze some baba ganoush, that's about it. I've got plans for some pear chutney but the pears need to ripen a bit more for that.
4. Waste not- hmm, not much different here. V has been hard at work in the basement. All the old 2x4s we salvaged are gone. Sheetrock is going up. Behold:
The new, improved well room is done.
or as V calls it- The Room of Wellness!
The door is salvaged from our old house- actually, we discovered it abandoned up in the rafters of the garage when we moved in there 16 years ago and decided it was useful, so we hung onto it. The well room houses the pressure tank and also has room for some storage. We thought about moving the water softener in there but that was more plumbing than we wanted to do, so it will stay in it's closet off to the right.
5. Want not- I can't think of too much. We got a couple jars of jam from my Mom (a spiced peach and a plum). I haven't done too much stocking up on anything I can think of (except for a couple cans of Campbell's soup for child "emergency" meals). I guess I could count seed saving in this category as well. I've got eggplant, cucumber, galeux d'eysines, paprika and anaheim seeds drying at the moment.
6. Build community- the children got gourds from Kathy's on Saturday and I let J16 pick out a bar of goat milk soap they had there, also made by a local artisan. I gave jars of pumpkin butter to my parents and sister when we were down.
7. Eat the food- stuffed peppers last night. And today for lunch I had baba ganoush and tomato slices on a whole wheat pita. I need to figure out how to make my own pita- I've heard it isn't hard. Maybe something else to add onto my list for the weekend. I was also reminded that October is Vegetarian Awareness Month so we will be trying to eat more veggie meals than we already do. We average at least one veg dinner a week, so this month we'll be trying for two or more. And J16 has requested pumpkin soup for Friday. She will be on soft foods for a bit and doesn't want anything with "chunks" that may cause problems so she thought a creamy, pureed soup would be good. It does sound pretty tasty!
I hope you all have a grand and glorious week. The weather here is looking up. No frost advisory for tonight and the rest of the week looks beautiful. I'm glad I've got a few days off coming up.