Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Peppers! Okra! Eggplant!

The garden is still producing! Hot peppers, sweet peppers, all different kinds of pepper grow well. We've been eating a lot of bacon-wrapped jalapenos stuffed with cream cheese+garlic+onions. They're so decadent--I feel almost sinful, but I only want to freeze enough to last us through the winter months. Below, all the pets are begging for a bite :)

Despite the grasshoppers eating all the okra leaves, we're still picking so many okra that Michael made soup to have a change from the usual bhindi bhaji (Indian style okra).

And finally, finally, we have an eggplant. It's still a baby though :) We don't know why we never got fruit earlier because it's such a healthy plant and makes lots of flowers. We even hand-pollinated it just in case the bees didn't get around to it. I predict a ratatouille in our future! Too bad our squash and cucumbers stopped producing--we got some sort of powdery mildew and that was the end of that.
Gardening is so very much like the writing life. It takes sowing, patience, constant practice, weeding, throwing out bad stuff, but in time there's fruit. Now that I've consolidated most of my notes from the conference, tidied my desk, I'm settling into revising a couple of manuscripts (with help from my cats >^-^< they tried to type this post as well) but also sowing seeds of some new ones. How do your stories grow?
And please note, that it's Michael who has the green thumb, not me. I pick all the fresh goodness from our garden and eat it.


Mirka Breen said...

Your Michael is worth feeding and watering well, as his green thumb makes him the true prize of the garden :D
Just WOW. Beautiful.

Vijaya said...

Yes, indeed! All his interests keep him close to home and church, for which I'm eternally grateful. A blessing!

Faith E. Hough said...

Mmm... wish I lived close enough to take some of those stuffed jalapeños off your hands...just so you don't have feel guilty, of course. ;)

Vijaya said...

Faith, I'd like nothing better! Come!

Dave Watson said...

Great looking produce...making me hungry looking at those bacon wraps. Your post reminded me of one of my favorite PBs, David Weisner's June 29, 1999.

Vijaya said...

Thanks Dave, yes bacon makes everything so delish. I will have to check out June 29th--love his work.