Six on Saturday-Aug 18

Let’s call this one “The Effects of Rain!”

Tall grass  1) The lawn mower broke earlier and needs parts, so of course it began to rain, and rain, and rain…5″ in a day and a night when we’d already had rain aplenty last week!  The grass literally jumped for joy and is knee-high in spots.  We think it knows the mower is “on vacation.”  But notice on the right side, all the grass that is totally flattened by rushing water that will be impossible to mow in its prone position.  Split tom  2) Although I’d rushed out to the potager to pick any tomatoes that were close to ripe before the storm, even those that were barely turning color are now split and ugly.  That’s a “Goliath” which would have been delicious, but will now become “Disaster Tomato Chutney”  thanks to Richard at “Sharpen Your Spades,” one of my favorite blogs.

Let in path 3) Lots of rain followed by heat add up to germinating seeds and these tiny lettuces took advantage of the weather to pop up in the paths.  Will I transplant them into rows in beds?  Maybe, maybe not.  There’s already volunteer and planted lettuces in several places.  4)  The “Wando” peas have also appreciated the rain  Pea Wando and grew nearly 7″ in the last two days!  If you look carefully you can see a bloom or two already.  Spearmint 5) The spearmint had been languishing in our hot August, but with the abundant rains last week and this week it is flourishing.  I see a Hugo or two in my future this weekend!  And lastly 6) when you can’t garden you can!  Elderberry cordial  That’s 10 qt. plus a pint of elderberry cordial put up this week, plus pickled cipollini, pickled jalapenos, diced tomatoes and tomato juice.  Broccoli, pepper strips and black-eyed peas were also frozen….and I had time to read a book, “The Swan Thieves,” which I thoroughly enjoyed!

That’s my “Six on Saturday” for mid-August (how can that be already?) and I’ve attempted to be less wordy, as requested in the guidelines posted by our host for this meme, The Propagator.  Click on the link, and if you’re lucky it will take you there for lots more “Six on Saturday” posts.

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About carolee

A former professional herb and lavender grower, now just growing for joy in my new potager. When I'm not in the garden, I'm in the kitchen, writing, or traveling to great gardens.
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14 Responses to Six on Saturday-Aug 18

  1. Chutney still seems a good use for tomatoes. Though looks like your cupboards are already filling with jars.

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  2. My tomatoes have the same problem! But the rain has been good for other plants! I love your raised beds.

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  3. bcparkison says:

    Our rain either comes in buckets or not at all. Today is a bucket day and some are in for flash floods. thankfully we don’t worry about that and stay away from places that do. I haven’t been in the beds this week for other neccessary things got in the way. Maybe my rebedding will start back up next week.

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  4. That is a lot of rain in such a short space of time.. The lawns will recover.. And I bet were glad of the soak.. Sorry about your Tomatoes though.
    Now that elderberry cordial.. Sounds and looks wonderful… And so good for us..
    I am afraid we are going to have to adjust to these extreme weather conditions.. it is seeming to become the norm.. Which is worrying as I can see a shortage of crops in the not too distant future if we get drought, flood and bitter long winters..
    Wishing you well.. and many more happy hours of gardening wished your way..

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  5. Oh, how I would like to try elderberry cordial

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  6. March Picker says:

    I’m also eager to try out elderberry cordial! Do you use native Sambucus? That’s all I grow here…

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    • carolee says:

      Yes, just the common, although I had several different hybrids at the farm. Planted a couple of them in the berry rows, but the deer ate them to the ground! The hybrid berries are much larger, but they don’t have the stamina to come back from browsing like the “wild” ones.

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  7. It’s amazing how fast everything grows after a good rain, and then heat follows. Your plants look great–love the spearmint! I always hate those burst tomatoes, though. But the chickens love them 🙂

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    • carolee says:

      Yes, I do miss that “throw it to the chickens, who will always eat it” so it’s not a waste aspect. A pig works the same magic. But the Disaster Chutney is terrific….I’m just not sure I need 40 batches, which is just about what all my split tomatoes would make!!!

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  8. We’ve had lots of rain here too in central Ohio. But then what you have, usually comes this way. I don’t think we had as much as you, but it sure did rain here the last 3 days.

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    • carolee says:

      We got another 1 1/2″ this morning. The ground is totally saturated. The lawn mower broke two weeks ago & we’re still waiting for parts….I have knee high grass in the back lawn and have been picking fully open blooms of red clover there!!! I need sheep…except then I’d also need a fence. 😦

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