Rain makes life easier on the ranch

By Kay Brown
Behind the Garden Gate
We had a fairly good week with enough rain. I didn’t have to water anything except put the drip system on the Blackberries. There is a fair amount of berries but they’re not ripening. That's just like the tomatoes, lots of them, just not turning very fast.
I heard from some report on T.V. that the ground down a few inches is not as warm as it should be. It must have to do with the weather change we’re having. I’ve chosen a ground cover to put on the garden before too long.

I started clearing weeds out of the front garden so I can sow it. It will kill off the weeds this fall and the ones in the spring. It smothers them, and when we till it in next spring before we plant, it will enrich the soil. I’ll let you know how well it works.
I’m really getting tired of all the big weeds. Some of them today were taller than me. My youngest son and his wife took me to the Mexican restaurant for supper, and when I told him about the big weeds he just laughed and said, “you know what causes those big weeds, MOM”. Yah Yah, you’re supposed to pull them when they’re two inches tall!! Well there’s too many of them for me to keep up with. I hope the cover crop helps with the problem.
Looking forward to Fall Festival now. I will be doing the biscuits and gravy breakfast for the Opera House on Saturday morning. I enjoy seeing old friends on that weekend. Most of our family get togethers are done, except we probably will have a fall weiner roast. Some of our old music friends have wanted me to have the get-together with food and music that we used to have every year. I miss it too but too much cleaning up the barn for just me. My kids always said that's you and Dad’s party, and they didn’t come much. I wouldn’t want to ask them to help clean up for my party. I try to do as much as I can myself and not ask them to do things around the ranch. They would be more than willing, but they have their own families and lives. They do take good care of me, for which I am eternally grateful.
I didn’t go to Farmers Market this past Friday. I didn’t have enough produce and wasn’t in the mood to bake. Back to the routine next week, with melons and maybe berries.
Here is the recipe of the week. Easy-Freezy Vanilla Ice Cream: 2 cups whipping cream; 1-(14 oz.) can sweetened condensed milk; 2 T. vanilla extract; 1/4 teas. salt. Beat whipping cream with an electric mixer at high speed until stiff peaks form. Stir together sweetened milk, vanilla and salt. In a large mixing bowl, fold in whipping cream. Place in a air-tight container. Freeze 6-8 hours or until firm. Makes about 1 qt. Could add flavorings if desired: coconut, chocolate, strawberries, cherries, etc.
See you next week, behind The Garden Gate.