Gooseberry Prayer Patch

Sunday, August 27, 2006

First Dinner

Last Wednesday, Aug. 23, was the first day I cooked dinner at church. It was such a fun day with Judy, Glenda, and Evelyn, chopping, mixing, rolling, steaming. The food was very well received with compliments. I wasn't nervous at all! Just a little concerned we would run out of food since about 20 people decided to call after reservation cutoff. But we had enough. Evelyn said it would be like the fishes and the loaves of bread. She was right. We ended up with two pans of main course. We started asking people if they wanted seconds. All in all it was a fantastic day. People have been asking what's for supper this week. This is just too fun to be a job!

Sunday, August 13, 2006

End of the Garden...for now

It has been a good year for tomatoes. The poor, sprawling tomatoes were all over each other, but they managed to put up some gorgeous fruits! The patty pan squash took over the west end of the garden, choking out a tomatoe plant and three rows of corn. They didn't put up much fruit so they won't be in the garden next year. The corn that did manage to grow was laid flat during a heavy wind storm. Can you stake corn? :oP No more watermelon in the garden. The farmer's market is close enough and the melons are a great price. The brussel sprouts are still going. No sprouts yet, but we'll see. At the east end of the garden, the Fat Brown Goose beans have a permanent choke-hold on the Big Beefy tomatoe plants and don't show any signs of ever letting go! These are heirloom beans, and while there aren't enough to actually eat, I will try to save them for an heirloom seed company. Maybe they can grow more than I was able. The seeds were several years old so it was a surprise any of them came up. The okra did wonderful. Again, I didn't harvest a lot so the pods have become woody. Those seed will be saved as well.