Thursday, September 04, 2008

September Garden ...

Jerusalem Artichokes

Last week Tropical Storm Fay brought us over 4 inches of rain and things are looking healthy again, though I am noticing today that a few things are once again getting droopy. I'll water them from my full rainwater cistern this evening and look forward to a visit over the weekend by Tropical Storm Hanna, who should slide by to the east of us and leave us with some moderate rainfall. The coast is supposed to get the worst of it, though one really never knows with these storms. The river is fully restored to its normal level and soon the water fowl migration will begin and I'll be on the lookout for interesting sitings.

The heirloom tomatoes are beginning to slow down now and once it cools off I'll replace them with brussel sprouts and broccoli ... two of my favorite cool weather crops. With winters growing warmer here in Virginia I'll hopefully have a bountiful harvest of those.

This computer is going to the shop for about a week to have it's contents moved to another new one, so I'll be off line until I get the new one back and begin to understand its operation. I am such a dinosaur that this is giving me lots of anxiety. I've been putting this move off far too long. I'm getting a lap top this time that I can take with me when I'm off visiting. I don't need this big clunker that takes up so much room.

The other thing causing much anxiety in the household is the political climate. I am so tired off listening to negative attacks and untruths. Double speak abounds this week and we're once again teasing about leaving the country should a certain party remain in power. The problem is that we love this country and in truth we can't escape the stuff that drives us crazy no matter where we go. So it seems best at the moment to not watch or listen to the rhetoric and pray that things will soon be changing.

There are still lots of things to be grateful for, especially that Hurricane Gustov didn't cause the damage and destruction that was possible. It seems great lessons were learned through the Katrina experience and more were learned this time as well.


marja-leena said...

Is that what Jerusalem artichokes look like?! I thought it was rudbeckia.

How nice to be able to keep a winter garden. It's a challenge here with all the rain and lack of sunshine. Even if does shine, our backyard is in the shade in winter from the trees next door.

jzr said...

Yes,Marja-leena, this is what they look like and they are about 8 feet tall. The deer have eaten all the lower flowers but can't seem to reach these. Later in the fall I'll be harvesting the delicious tubers.

Lucy said...

I love Jerusalem artichokes, despite their repercussions!

I know what you mean about the political climate, even at this remove it's getting us down, I'm surprised how much.

Good luck with the new 'puter!