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I made crock pot chili yesterday which we ate for dinner, froze some and still had some leftovers from which we are making chili tacos for dinner tonight. Yesterday we spent two hours hacking down some of the overgrown bushes that are at the front of our house. We filled seven of those large paper grass recycling bags full of debris. It looks better but from here on out we must trim at least once in the Fall and once in the Spring. Summer is not the best time to do it due to the heat but frankly, I doubt anything will die as a result as landscaping grows like crazy here.
Last year I was contemplating planting a garden here. Now I am not so sure. I have a hard enough time keeping up with the grass/weeding/landscaping we already have. That plus the earwigs and other bugs have eaten all of my flowers (last year petunias, this year dahlias) except the marigolds. Next year I will just plant a whole boatload of marigolds in varying colors. I have some potted tomato plants on the back patio and they even went to town on some of those leaves, which normally don't taste that great to bugs. They ate all the leaves off my dill (although it seems to be coming back) and have even tasted some of the hot pepper plant leaves. I am not so sure a garden would survive. I might be better off saving my time, energy and money for good local produce.
In a couple of weeks time the zillions of blackberry bushes here will have ripened and we will pick and freeze as much as we can get our hands on. Last winter I ran out of blackberries in January so this year we will pick even more. We mostly use them for pancakes and muffins, but have also added them to pies. Mom made two years worth of blackberry jam for the whole family last year and we still have cases of that to keep us happy, although we have been eating less of it since we gave up bread. Bring on free food season!