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The miracle of rain

Four days ago, .4 inch of rain fell. The day after that, there was another .4 inch. That was enough rain to greatly revive the garden. Tomatoes ripened on the vine that otherwise would have rotted on the vine. The corn freshened. The pumpkins and melons resumed their growth. There may even be more peppers if the rain continues.

I’ll probably scald the tomatoes to remove the skins, then freeze them. As for the pumpkin, I couldn’t possibly eat a whole pumpkin pie. Even though it’s a shame not to use the pumpkin fresh, I’ll probably cook it and freeze it and use it later when I have company. I have at least two more pumpkins that I left on the vine, plus a couple of watermelons and canteloupes. I planted only two watermelon plants and two canteloupe plants, as an experiment. They’ve done amazingly well, so next year I’ll plant more than two.


  1. dcs1964 wrote:

    Hallelujah and hooray!

    I, too, have been feeling depressed and listless because of this carnsarn weather. It makes every day an ordeal.

    But what a juicy, bountiful photo! It perks me up just looking at it!

    I’m going to do a rain dance now.


    Friday, July 29, 2011 at 8:53 pm | Permalink
  2. Trish wrote:

    We got rain too, thank goodness, altho we weren’t in as dire need as you were. You can freeze the tomatoes with the skin on too. If you run them under warm water after taking them out of the freezer the skin slips right off. I’ll do anything to avoid a cauldron of boiling water this time of year. Although I have been pickling, and inhaling the boiling vinegar is no picnic

    Saturday, July 30, 2011 at 8:16 am | Permalink

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