We are getting about a week of rain. And very cool temperatures. It was 87 on Monday and 60 today. 53 right now, around midnight. And staying like this for the rest of the week.
Good thing I like the rain.
However. This weather is not conducive to getting a garden planted. The old "April Showers bring May Flowers" is getting a little messed up here. Like a late uninvited dinner guest, it's causing a ruckus. Bad enough that we are not getting anything done in a timely manner this year. Bad enough that we can't seem to agree on anything this year. Bad enough that I still have no strength in my wrist and can't just get out there and do some of the stuff myself. First the temps were scorching and now they're uber wet and frigid. Ai Yi Yi...
I made a big pot of 5 bean turkey chili this afternoon. I pulled the last quart of tomato sauce off the shelf. ARRGGHHhhhh !!!! IT'S ONLY MAY !!!!!! The green beans are getting low too, but there's a good dozen jars or more of that. The Vitamix will make it even easier to can tomato sauce this year. and I will definitely have to check how much I canned (thank you, Garden Journal!!) and up that number for this year. I'm really happy with the way we have utilized the pantry resources this year.
It looked like this at the beginning of the winter...I love the look of canned foods, don't you ?
The jars below are all my dried goods...some flours and sugar, mostly fruits and vegetables that I have grown and dehydrated. I'm learning to remember to incorporate more and more of my dried foods into meals. It's been wonderful. Especially since I've almost lost my lunch looking at the incredible increase in grocery store prices this year. Bad news: it's not going to get any better, folks. Better learn some ways to feed yourselves.
This is what my garden should be looking like by now.:
Instead, it looks like this:
Ah well...in due time...
I'm getting some spearmint from a pal this year and need to figure out where I want to put it. It will be out somewhere in the back edge of the sunshine...it will grow into a lovely patch, almost a small hedge. I have about 2 weeks to pick a spot and get the thing ready. I love spearmint...
We are eating lettuce, spinach and kale and chives and walking onions out of the garden cold box. At least there's that. lol
Well...I've prattled on long enough here. I do need to go to bed.
Dreaming of gardens and rows upon rows of beautiful preserved foods.
If the rain ever stops... lol