For the first time in over two years my family took a summer vacation. We visited my family in Florida for two weeks. One of the promises I made to myself and my family was that I would not worry about or check on the garden while I was gone. We did have someone house sitting for us whose main task was to pick veggies. I managed to keep my promise with the exception of one phone call I made asking the sitter to water the tomatoes and peppers growing in pots when the temps topped 100 degrees.
We had a really great time with my parents (note to self: take more vacations). I anticipated coming back relaxed and refreshed. I was also really looking forward to getting back to the garden. I definitely missed it. I knew the tomatoes would be rolling in, which is something I really look forward to each year.
Yet somehow, since we got back a few days ago I have felt overwhelmed garden-wise. We returned to a ridiculous amount of produce. We have 150 lbs. that I have to freeze, can, gift, eat. I am not complaining about such a bounty. I am just having a hard time processing it so it does not go to waste.
Our house sitter has a different picking philosophy than I do so we have some very large squash, zucchini and cucumbers. I also find myself averting my eyes from the 4'x'4 table covered in ripening tomatoes. I am dispensing with the last of the 10 eggplants that greeted me upon arrival tonight. Thank goodness the beans, field peas, tomatillos, and peppers were manageable.
I know I have to get a move on before this stuff rots but I am having a hard time bringing myself to just weigh it all! I am hoping this post (confession?) will get me motivated to make a dent in this stuff and use the canner I got for my birthday! Has anyone else ever felt this way?