Dear Farmhouse Diary,
It's been busy here at the 2nd Street Farmhouse - gardening, cooking and baking, developing a way to track craft and sewing projects, and a visit to the local DMV to renew my license -- you know, we laughed at the DMV scenes in Zootopia, but there's a reason the employees may seem sloth-like! Have you ever listened to what they must deal with everyday, all day! God bless them! It's not a job I could do and stay sane.
The amount of potatoes we dug up from our 4 x 4 garden box is surprising. The last two years I've tried unsuccessfully to grow potatoes in containers -- check it out at The Spruce -- so, I was not expecting more than a few potatoes. And would have been delighted if we dug up 10. There's a bushel size basket nearly full! Okay, some of them are quite small -- quarter-size -- but there are a lot of them! And odd shapes seems to be the norm -- even two potato people!
The squash were planted late and the tomatoes are volunteers from last year's seeds -- but it's a jungle out there! I'm sure I overplanted the squash: we have pumpkins, winter squash and spaghetti squash -- they are running across the lawn! And the tomatoes have decided they l-o-v-e the squash. They are all tangled up together between two of the garden boxes and somehow there are tomatoes sprouting up -- yes, new plants in October! -- coming up inside the spaghetti squash area. I've got to rethink where and how we grow the squash next year; perhaps two large pallets would serve well as frames for growing the squash vertically....
Finally, we are well on our way to at least 15 volunteer acorn squash in the compost pile... and they are delicious.
That's the prettiest Cranberry Banana Cake I've ever baked! (ahem, it's the only Cranberry Banana Cake I've ever baked....)