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This year, a very strong El Nino weather pattern set up halfway through the growing season.
I don't like Stellar Jays - they are obnoxious, loud and they chase the other birds from the bird feeders. But I will readily admit that they are very pretty - and every now and then, I get a good pic of one.
I have several hundred tomatillos to harvest today - half of my main garden is tomatillo and they are producing like crazy. While harvesting a bit ago, I found one plant with dozens of these HUGE tomatillos on it.
Our corn in the Crop Circle garden is coming on strong now, and the first rows are ready for harvest! This is the Territorial Seed Luscious Hybrid corn.
Ah yes, it's one of those fun "title this photo" kind of days! Here is yet another oddly-shaped item from the garden to add to my collection. I'm not sure what to make of this one ... it looks almost fetal. But it looks like a boxing glove.
Thought I would pick a bucket of tomatoes to can, and ended up picking three buckets! These will be canned to use as salsa or sauce over winter ... the pink tomatoes are "Mortgage Lifter" tomatoes.
And yes, the canning season is now in full swing. This is the first batch of tomatoes - I picked and prepared them yesterday and canned them this morning. These will likely be turned into homemade salsa or pasta sauce over winter.
A close friend recently texted me: Jim, how can you tell when tomatillos are ripe? Well, there is really no right or wrong answer to that - it's a highly personal thing. That would be asking a group of people, How do you take your tea?
This has always been a favorite of mine. It's so easy to can.