De had tomatoes and cabbage from a previous garden visit to work up, and my job for the day was to collect up the next round. So off to the garden I went. Or perhaps I should say "we went". Regular readers will know I never go the garden alone. I have a constant cadre of helpers that always are right there with me whenever I'm outside, even if I'm not really in the garden.
|The "Team" wanting to help me work on the truck.|
|Whoops! There are some limits to the kind of help I allow. This 'help' was short lived.|
So back to the garden. As I mentioned before, the brutal weather is helping to get the tomatoes finished up. We're at the stage where some of the plants are 'giving their all for the cause', but I ended up with 1-1/2 five gallon buckets full. This year we tried "sausage" tomatoes instead of "Roma" tomatoes for sauce and like them a lot better. They are bigger, 'beefier', and equally prolific.
|The tomatoes are still producing...|
|...and the helpers are still a bit miffed the don't get to help with the harvest.|
|They do get anything that is not up to 'human consumption' as a reward for their efforts on bug patrol.|
|The green beans are still going well.|
|Fred, my poor hen-pecked rooster, is there to supervise the harvest.|
|As are a couple of the hens.|
|The chickens get to come...|
|... and go through the middle of the trellises. Other than snitching the occasional blossom, they seem to be focused on the bugs.|
|There is ALWAYS a 'helper' around when there worms involved.|
All in all, we got a pretty decent harvest on this hot, humid day.
|Canned tomato sauce with more in the slow cooker. Freezer slaw ready for the freezer.|
|Green beans, banana peppers, and a few 'bonus' potatoes.|