Fall Jobs

October 24 – The end of the growing season has just about arrived, with rain and cooler weather. The other day, Chris wanted to use the hand mower, so I got it out of the barn and she started it up and away she went, mowing around trees and areas where the rider mower could not go.

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[ Calico limas ]

In the meantime, I got out a small bucket and went to pick the current crop of ripe calico lima beans. These are beautiful large beans and we have been freezing them while using other foods. I saved quite a few of the best pods and will use their seeds for next year’s crop.

After awhile Chris switched to the rider mower and did a great deal of the yard with it, but at last just had to quit and come in and take a break. But soon she wanted us to go out to our large burning pile and take some pictures of the tall golden sunflowers that had sprung up in it.

While looking for a good spot to take the pictures from, she discovered an amazing patch behind the pile, numerous tomato plants that had sprung up on their own over the past several months. There were hundreds and hundreds of ripe tomatoes, mostly Pearlie Pinks that are a very prolific bearer of plum-shaped-and-size tomatoes. We could hardly believe there could be so many, and we had never looked back there all summer.

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[ Pearlie Pinks ]

Of course, we soon had some buckets and were busy filling them. The vines had grown up all over and through many dead branches we had thrown on the pile, and we soon found it was hazardous to walk on them. We had to walk very carefully, for it would have been very easy to crash through and land in a heap among the scratchy branches. After a lot of picking we had filled two four-gallon buckets of tomatoes, and then some. Up to the house we staggered, and Chris soon had them all poured out into a couple of large shallow cardboard boxes so she could take good pictures.

We took some up to Harvey’s folks and his sister’s family, and some to our neighbor Joe and some to Harvey’s Aunt Betty. We found to our dismay that there are a lot of stick-tite bushes growing among the tomato plants, and our clothes had become plastered with the little stick-tites that took a long time to remove.

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[ Chestnuts ]

Our second chestnut has joined the first, and is bearing now. It is larger and older than the one we have been harvesting, but has much smaller burrs that usually contain only one nut or even none at all. But the nuts are larger than those from the other tree. Our cucumbers are done for the year, and I have pulled up the vines dragged them away for disposal.

Have been using our new chain saw recently to cut some branches we have been waiting to cut for a long time. Apricot and albizzia and oak and an old stump that I cut into but still have not removed completely. These have all been added to our burning pile. Was surprised at how heavy some of the branches were, while other varieties were fairly light. I would have cut those heavier ones into smaller sections had I known about the weight! – DALE

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