The Urgency of Abundance
This week I made pickles: green tomato relish, mixed sweet peppers, jalapenos, okra, and beets. Well, I’m lying about the beets. I did those a few months ago, but they wanted to be in the picture because of their luscious deep magenta color. In addition, I dehydrated a big pile of cayenne peppers and crushed them into flakes for our pizza and pasta.
Last week was jam week. This was pickle week. Not by choice, but by the urgency of abundance. These few garden gifts were ready all at once, to be preserved for some future day when a taste of summer will be just what’s needed to lift the spirits.
We have been preparing our garden beds for some fall vegetables like broccoli, cabbage, greens, lettuce, beets, and onions. But this time we’re having to erect cat barriers to keep the feral cats from using our garden as a collection of great big litter boxes. My cat barriers are made using either green plastic mesh or bird netting — whatever I have lying around. If squirrels become the problem they were last year, I’ll have to go with all bird netting. If I were to calculate the cost of these veggies, I’d probably sit down and cry.