I’m running on empty these days. The garage sale to benefit the community garden is coming up and I’m still cleaning, cleaning, cleaning, trying to find more things to donate. I’m even too busy for Harvest Monday this week. Monday is hectic for me anyway, as that is the day I write and file my weekly environmental column for the Huntington Beach Independent.
“All” we harvested from the garden last week was tomatoes anyway, 11 lbs 3 oz. of them. Those tomatoes didn’t care what else I had on my agenda, they demanded action.
So in the midst of cleaning, sorting, washing, rearranging, and deciding which household things to put into the garage sale, I made and canned 6 pints of spaghetti sauce and 5 pints of tomato soup.
I have one more big batch of tomatoes that weren’t quite ready for the soup pot, but they’ll probably want me to do something with them tomorrow. And that will be the last of the big harvests of tomatoes for this season. I’ve never EVER grown this many tomatoes before. But then I’ve never been silly enough to plant 18 tomato plants either. With luck, the surviving plants will produce fresh tomatoes for salads for the next month, but those 10-pounds-a-week harvests are done for 2010.
And of course the chickens need to be fed and watered too. They don’t really care what else I have on my plate. They’re as inconsiderate as the tomatoes.
I thought that my apple harvest was over, but then I discovered three lovely big Granny Smith apples that both the neighborhood squirrels and I had missed. I picked them, but I am just too exhausted tonight to make a pie. After the community garden board meeting tonight and another three hours of clearing out the wall units that are going into the sale, a piece of apple pie sure would be nice.
Tomorrow, I’m working with the Orange County Conservation Corps, then I’ll be taking stuff over to the garage sale after work. I’m hoping I have enough energy left to make that pie. On Friday I’ll need to deliver the last of whatever things that I’ve managed to part with, and then I’ll be off to watercolor class. I didn’t do my painting homework this week. Too busy setting up my artist’s studio, futzing in the kitchen, and dealing with those dingdang tomatoes.
Saturday is the big garage sale. We’re still several thousand dollars short of having enough money to get the garden infrastructure completed, so I’m hoping that the sale will help close that gap.
I am dreaming of how much food I’ll be able to grow next year with that nice community garden plot. Will I forget what a nuisance this glut of tomatoes is and plant even more next year? Probably.