It is almost midnight and I am just finishing up the last batch of Quick Dill Pickles for the day.
Two months ago tonight, I wrote about my Late Night Gardening adventure, as I planted cucumber seeds later in the season (and later in the day) than I ever had before. Being unsure how successful this would be, and knowing that I had a very short window for being able to harvest – (due to daylight hours, weather, etc.) – I planted very heavily – so that I could get a large harvest – all at once, instead of throughout the normal growing season.
As of tonight, there are two 5-gallon crocks of dills brining away, 2 dozen pints of sweet pickles and more than a dozen jars of Quick Dills, bottled, sealed and curing in the storage room. The harvest is not over. It is actually just coming into full swing. I not only have had enough to use for myself, but am able to share with friends who’s gardens have not fared so well in the drought this summer.
My little garden helpers have returned to their home up north. The gardening adventure that could have been catastrophic in August ended up providing a bountiful harvest – both of cucumbers and great memories in the garden with my precious little helpers.
Feeling very grateful tonight – and a little bit tired.