Vistors and mega-harvest

 

Nearly 3 gallons of strawberries!
Everyone was happy about how many strawberries we have!
A bunch of us in the strawberries. I am in the dark green at the back, T is in the blue hat, and Z is in front of the left. This really shows how close the tomatoes, peppers, and eggplants are to the strawberries.
A bunch of us looking at the summer strawberries. photo by my father-in-law

Today was the day when we had my sister-in-law, her kids, my in-laws, their best friends, and the friends’ son and daughter-in-law and their kid over. The husband from the 2nd couple is an avid gardener, and the next generation is into it a bit, too. Tons of strawberries came out of the garden! Tons and tons! And at least 3 baskets of blackberries made their way to the house and people’s cars. We went for a nice walk out back and there are a lot of blackberries out there.

I’m starting to get serious about my need for a food dehydrator. My sister-in-law is trying to make some fruit leather in the oven (with it off, I think). It’s just so humid in our house… although it is still 80 degrees in here!

I pulled a broccoli the rest of the way out of the ground today. It was starting to wilt, but I’m not sure if it’s because it didn’t have a lot of roots, or because the roots were eaten by a gopher. A lot of the plants were too tall when they went in, and they grew a bit sideways before they straightened out. This might make them more vulnerable to just getting pulled out of the ground because of their weight (?).

blurry photo I snapped this evening - it shows that there are still ripe strawberries on the west side of the bed
There are still plenty of strawberries out there

 

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