It is raining as I write, a lovely soft steady rain that will sink in slowly and do the gardens some good. It has been very dry in northern Virginia. When I went to the garden today, the peppers were a bit wilted and the okra had powdery mildew. I never see that unless it’s dry. While concentrated watering can get rid of it, I haven’t had the wherewithal to get to the garden after work much.
In spite of the dryness, the okra are still blossoming and bearing. They really are very pretty plants, and by mixing the scarlet and green varieties, I think I got a little extra beauty.
My eggplants are suddenly prolific, with five fruits on the large striped variety and two more coming along on the black beauty. I am roasting some eggplant and okra for tonight’s vegetable and will have to peruse my cookbooks for more eggplant recipes.
I’ve also had a really nice crop of bell peppers. Usually I just chop a few and freeze them, using the rest in general cooking as they come on. This year I had a bumper crop, so I stuffed and baked eight of them this afternoon. I saved out two to eat this week and froze the rest.
My freezer is now at capacity, though I could still fit a few more Mason jars into my pantry if I get enough tomatoes for sauce!