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I Quit

30 Sep

The second reason I did not take many pictures this past weekend is tomatoes and milk.  Seriously.  I’m not getting much milk from the girls right now, but it still adds up.

That means, I started Saturday by making three batches of mozzarella.  I also had to deep fry the mozzarella sticks that we made last weekend.  They’ve been in the freezer all week taunting me.

Then I switched to tomatoes.

This is my canning total for Saturday: 13 pints and 2 half-pints of roasted sauce; two pints and four quarts of cold pack tomatoes; and six pints and three quarts of tomato juice.

My basement is full. I’ve already given away two dozen pints of sauce/salsa.  I quit.  I refuse to do any more tomatoes this year!

That means I moved on to other garden items!  I chopped and froze some okra.

I started preparing and freezing butternut squash.  I did some for me and some for my uncle.

Someone had to check out the squash after I put the skins in the birds’ bucket.

Sky and Snickers

Snickers decided that it tasted yummy.

I pulled the last of the beets and shared them with my nephew.  I roasted and froze mine. Since my peppers didn’t do well, my sister sent me a bucket.

I’m still working on getting the peppers done.  I did take a break though, and made three batches of soap Sunday afternoon.

That includes a new fragrance–crisp apple rose.

Blooming

11 Aug

I’ve had too many yard goats and dogs over the years for my flower beds to, well, exist anymore.  I have two mallow plants growing, and they are considered invasive in some places.

I like their bright color, and they will bloom late into the fall.  It takes a hard frost to stop them.

I still have a lot of surprise lilies.

They’re another favorite.

Even if my okra didn’t produce yummy pods to eat, the flowers are pretty.

I have one or two squash vines that have so far escaped death by squash vine borer.

That’s about all that’s blooming around here.

What I’m Not Doing

30 Jul

My garden this year has been a bust.  Between the late start, early heat with tons of rain, then dry, and…  Well, it’s been neglected.

I actually mowed it once between the tomatoes and stuff.  The okra grew quickly in the heat and humidity, so it will produce later in the summer.

The tomatoes are doing well also.

I’m pretty sure, even if they are totally covered by the grass and weeds, I’m still going to have a good crop.

I’ve picked a few cucumbers and a couple of zucchini.

Unfortunately, I have lost some zucchini plants to squash vine borers.  I hate them.

I don’t know how to get rid of them since they are in the soil.

acorn squash (not touched by squash vine borers so far)

I think that means I want to move my garden up north; hopefully it won’t have them up there.  I also want to dig some of the baby plum trees and start them up north.

baby plum tree

My big plum tree that I moved here from my mom’s place is not looking good–too many severe weather years and yard goats.

It’s also twenty years old.  Although, if they hang on, it looks like there will be quite a few this fall.

I have a couple bigger young trees that my nephew said he’d help me move with the backhoe.  We’ll see how that works.

So my garden is largely a bust for this year, but I’m looking at improvements and changes for next year.

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