While I was away, I asked family, friends, and neighbours to please help themselves from the garden. I asked them to take whatever was ripe, whatever looked good to them. That way, at least somebody could enjoy the fruits of my labour.
So, this morning, I did some canning:
3 jars of jalapenos, 3 jars of jalapeno dills, and one jar of garlic dill chunks.
I froze the blackberries (to be turned into jam at a later date). I blanched and froze the green beans (to be added to dinner at some point...I have yet to break out the pressure canner, but I just can't justify taking it out for one jar at a time). I froze a large bag of yellow plum tomatoes, with both ends cut off for easy peel removal when they thaw. The red tomatoes are currently cooking down in a pot for dinner tonight. And the eggplant is patiently waiting to be used up with the tomatoes. We are going to try eggplant parmesan for the first time. I might also try out the "string dried eggplant" page of my preserving book, if I have enough left over (and I am pretty sure I will). I will share that in a separate post if I end up doing it.
Oh, and sadly...that watermelon in the picture....I thought it was supposed to be a little round one. It wasn't ripe. Heartbreaking, as it was pretty much the only one I thought I would be able to eat. Turns out it is supposed to be a regular one. On the up side...I did see another one just starting. If I pamper it, and keep it covered in the next couple of weeks, I just might get a second chance.