Tuesday, August 4, 2015
This week has been super productive, and I got another batch of sweet pickle relish canned. I actually froze beets (first time to get any in my freezer). I'm in the kitchen again today.
You would not believe this.
I walked out to take a look-see at the garden, and assess if I wanted to fall plant (which is undetermined as of today). My walk out there was worth it.
This all came from my garden. Although the plants are dying and crispy, I found these on them!!!
I also got these! Ha ha ha ha! Never, ever, did we expect anything at all. The tops of the plants are dried up and brown.
I had enough to can a batch of zucchini salsa (day one was yesterday), which I'll post on soon.
I also got 3 zucchini from the garden, although....
... the plants look about dead. I don't expect more, but was thrilled to get any at all. The plants are almost all yellowed with the leaves browning and dying. I see one or two green leaves, but most of what you see green, are weeds and grass.
I also got a few hot banana peppers. Those went in the zucchini salsa.
This is what the green pepper plants look like. Can you see them, ha ha! They never grew, never had many blooms, and I see one very small green pepper in there. As you can see, I'm not in a hurry to clean out the garden yet. On my list to stock up on, are organic bell peppers. I'm sure it will be very difficult to find them at any Farmer's Market around here.
I have been able to freeze more green beans, thanks to local growers that had some.
I have also fall planted my calendula, and hope to get more blossoms, and seeds saved for next year. I re-planted my parsley too - zero in the herb garden this year (so far).
Two of the kids got a history lesson in music. I happened to be singing "Sugar, Sugar" by the Archies while I measured my sugar yesterday. They rolled their eyes, so I tortured them with more songs. Then I found out Hubby had been singing the same song while shopping with another daughter at the store. We both got a laugh at the end of the day. One thing is for sure. I know how to get them out of bed now, he he!
My 18 year-old put Michael Jackson on to play, and said, "I'm going to fix you." Ha ha! (she and I love MJ) And that is what we all listened to, while I chopped the 12 cups of zucchini, 4 bell peppers, 4 onions, and 3 hot peppers. Today is day two for salsa making. In the midst of all that chopping, and talking on the phone with my younger brother on how to make vanilla extract (by the way he found organic vodka at a local grocer, but I have yet to find out if the grain they use is non-gmo), two men stopped at the house. We may have found a solution to the old big barn. We need to check them out first, and read over the liability form. Cross your fingers.
If the Lord provides me more tomatoes, I think I will make herbed tomato sauce first. It is needed more for meals than ketchup, or pizza sauce.