The first day of September?? It doesn't seem possible, but I am definitely ready for some cooler weather after the unusually hot summer we've had. We made one batch of salsa on Monday (11-1/2 pints) -- I had to use the burner from a "turkey fryer" to do the water-bath canning because the big burner on my electric stove is broken; a little inconvenient, having to haul stuff out to the garage, but on the other hand it was hotter than hot that day so at least I didn't have all that hot water adding to the heat and humidity in the kitchen.
Now I need to knuckle down and freeze some corn and green peppers, make some zucchini bread to freeze, and roast some tomatoes for sauce... all of this would be much easier if I didn't have to work!
I've been seeing LOTS of Monarchs flying about the yard today, which I think indicates the last big bunch of caterpillars has taken to the air. I've also been seeing quite a few flying way up and over the tall trees that encircle our yard, heading in a more or less southerly direction, so I believe they will all soon be gone on their migration. Amazing!
Defrosted and cleaned out the freezer and ended up tossing quite a few bags of last year's green beans out to the compost to make room for the new stuff -- no question in my mind that I will have plenty, I've already frozen over 20 pounds of beans, and today I froze about 8-1/2# of sweet corn, the product of 36 ears.
Saw a couple of Monarchs flying around and visiting the butterfly bushes and sedum, also a couple of big caterpillars on the milkweed that have apparently been hiding from me. A beautiful day here, prepared some new seed beds in the hoop houses by working in some compost -- a bit later than I would have liked to plant some more stuff, but I think lettuce and other greens will do fine, and perhaps even broccoli. It's such as experiment this year that I'm not too worried about getting it perfect, just want to see what happens.
Pulled out the "Yellow-Eye" bean plants to let the pods finish drying, along with all of the remaining onions except the red ones and the leeks. Also picked a LOT of tomatoes, somehow I'm going to have to work doing something with them into my schedule this week. Froze another 5-1/2 pounds of green beans this morning, and John picked at least 2 more pounds from the pole beans. Also pulled out the "volunteer squash vine and harvested 4 nice "Golden Hubbard" squash.