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The Garden

27 Jul

I’m sort of trying to keep up with the garden, but this has not been a good year to try and garden between the drought and the deer.  This corn is so pathetic. I can’t believe it has little ears on it.

sweet corn

As a bonus, the dragonfly likes the corn.

I’m afraid the tomato plants are dying.  Hopefully all those tomatoes will be able to ripen before they completely dry up.

I left some volunteer squash plants growing, and I had no idea what kind.  This one looks like a spaghetti squash.  That’s good since I didn’t plant any of them.

I did get nice turnips.  I promise I really tried to find recipes to like, but I am not a fan of turnips. I can very definitely say that now.

The reason I planted turnips was to try canning my own vegetable stock.  I got the turnips, but that was about it.  I decided to just buy carrots and celery and try it anyhow.  It seems to have turned out pretty good.  I just need to try it in a recipe (but it’s too hot for soup right now).

I also am optimistic that I’ll have a good potato harvest since this one was just right there on top of the ground.

That would be good since I ordered a potato French Fry Cutter.  It works pretty slick.

Hopefully, I have a lot of potatoes to use it on.

End of the Season

25 Oct

We’ve truly come to the end of the garden season.  Let’s face it, I abandoned my garden somewhere between the derecho, the eye injury, going back to work and the drought.  But I did go check things out last weekend because I knew I still had a few things to harvest.  I’m really glad I did that on Saturday before our snow.  Especially since we’ve been cold and wet and rainy and windy and snowy and dreary and foggy for the last week.

Despite all the challenges of this growing season, there were tons of pumpkins and squash.  I didn’t even come close to picking them all.

I see that next year’s milkweeds are getting planted (with the wind we’ve had they might be miles away from my farm by now).

I did find three bell peppers that were ready and hadn’t been damaged by our recent cool nights.  There were tons of habanero peppers.

I also picked a couple luffa gourds.  I’ll come back for the rest when they finish drying.

Hopefully, the wind will go down and I’ll get a decent day to pull out the tomato cages and finish cleaning up a bit.

Sky

When I came back home, Sky was waiting for me.  That’s his usual–stand on the deck and loudly greeting me. When I was picking the last of the garden last week, I found lots of peppers.

Anaheim chili pepper

I brought them home.

I decided to try making homemade chili powder.  I used all the Anaheim chilis, jalapeños, and bell peppers.  I only used two of the habaneros because they are soooo hot.  I even took the seeds out of them.

I put them in the dehydrator.

Once they were crispy dry, I put them through the coffee grinder.  Then I added some spices.

The ratio I used is

  • 1/8 cup powdered peppers
  • 1/2 Tbsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 Tbsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp. oregano
  • 1 tsp. cumin

Now I have homemade chili powder!

I decided to try it out.

I used it in a Tex-Mex casserole.

I must say, it is hot!  Maybe should have only used one habanero.

Looking Like Fall

30 Sep

It’s really looking like fall around here.  The corn is turning.  It certainly provides contrast from the green of the buffer strip.

Maybeline

The bean harvest is under way.

looking down my road

I’m not sure how much color we’ll have this fall with the drought conditions.

Dead tree hill

A lot of the trees have already lost leaves; it’s way too early for them to have lost their leaves.  And so many have just been lost.  I’m trying to figure out how to plant about twenty-five trees and keep them safe from goats.

This tree turned because it was toppled in the derecho (Antigone and Casey)

But it’s still fall, and it’s one of my favorite seasons!

pie pumpkins and butternut squash

Our weather has actually turned back to feeling like fall too!