Yummy! I finally accumulated enough tomatoes to actually make something. When I went to the garden this morning, there were about 15 decent tomatoes on the vines. By decent, I mean they weren't completely rotted. Just with weird parts here and there. So I skinned them and threw them in a pan with onions, lots of garlic, basil salt and pepper. The whole thing will cook down a bit and then I'll freeze it in pint jars. These will of course be like gold, but at least I'll have a few for our pizza nights.
The rest of the garden is starting to really slow down. My bush beans have slowed, but I have another crop almost ready to go. The rest of the potatoes are dying back and will be ready to dig in a few weeks. The zucchini has finally given up and died. The peppers and tomatillos are still going strong.
The fall garden is starting to look good. We're right in the middle of a heat wave right now, but that should be summer's last heat blast. (not that we really had a summer) I suspect after this week we'll see the progression into fall weather and the cool weather crops will really take off. I've got quite a few cabbages, broccoli, beets, chard and lettuce that are doing well even in the heat.
The gardener's heart goes on even after a crazy year. I'm making plans for next year's garden even before this one is done. It will of course be the best one ever. The weather will be perfect. Bugs will be easily controlled. Disease will be absent. I will, of course, have never ending energy to put up bushels of perfect produce to feed my hungry family. I can dream, can't I?