No worries dear readers. It’s just been one of the busiest summers in memory. My memory anyway. Not going to bore you with the details of this busy-ness. It would just seem like I was making excuses. Which I’m not. At all. And I don’t want to apologize for not posting in over a month, so I’m sorry.
In the previous post there was great garlic news, and in the final report for the season the yield was two bushels. It’s been possible to raise the garlic rations of all my friends and family. This should improve overall Friend Health and cause most vampires living in the region to consider relocating. I imagine the vampires perceive my immense garlic crop as a general malaise with intermittent periods of agitation and insomnia. Not that vampires sleep all that well anyway.
Speaking of the college, there is much excitement there as we approach our most populated fall semester in our 175 year history. In the final week before we welcome about 500 first-year students, the activities of construction, painting, paving, happening outside in the August sun mirror those happening indoors with faculty preparing their course materials, athletic trainers tending to pre-season athletes already here, and the final group of Gordon Research Conference scientists walking from auditorium to lunch in that way that only scientists can do in a large group, like a great herd of, um, humans?
This summer has been hot, but we’ve been spared the awful drought conditions happening elsewhere. We’ve had some pretty good gardening this year. A favorite thing that happened was a result of spreading a large load of manure and bedding under the single blueberry bush in the yard. Apparently that manure was harboring seeds from the ginormous yellow cucumbers we’d pitched into the pile late last summer. There sprouted under said bush a nicely spaced set of pickling cucumber plants looking very much like they’d been planted there on purpose. These volunteer plants have been producing copious quantities of pickle sized cukes. The vines are climbing the bush, and seeing the cukes dangling where the blueberries were is just kinda funny.
We had a staggered corn crop this year that turned out fairly well too. Two separate plantings of two different varieties yielded 12 quarts of frozen yellow goodness. We still have some corn in the freezer from last August, but it keeps well. Speaking of keeping well, I purchased a food dehydrator this year from a friend at work. Mostly I’ve been drying cucumbers. Dehydrated cucumbers you exclaim? They’re actually not half bad.