These are on the to-do list today to become relish.
Most of June's harvest has been things planted last fall or before, and fruit (no complaints about that). I've already told you about the peaches, also my garlic harvest and first half of the potatoes. My second potato bed produced a slightly better yield. In addition, I've harvested:
Of onions I've harvested two types: regular yellow from sets I planted March of 2011,
|Finally harvesting onions from sets planted March 2011|
and multiplier onions I planted last fall.
|Multiplier onions planted last fall|
They practically harvested themselves actually; they were just laying there on top of the ground. I'll save the largest ones to replant this fall.
I had no hopes of many strawberries because I had to move my bed again this year. While I was weeding the asparagus, I found these....
|Strawberry harvest? This is it.|
I reckon the only reason the birds didn't get them is because they were hidden under the weeds! Not enough for jam or strawberry shortcake, but I loved them on my morning cereal.
|First blueberries of the year, early!|
Blueberries are early and thanks to all the rain, they are bountiful, plump, and sweet.
I've been freezing some of these and the other day canned seven quarts of pie filling. I had canned some two years ago, using the recipe from PickYourOwn.org. The pie filling was okay, the pies tasted just like a restaurant pie, i.e. lots of sauce and less fruit. This year I used the blueberry pie filling recipe from Putting Foods By. The recipe was much easier and used almost double the blueberries, so I'm curious as to how well we'll like it.
Rugosa Rose Hips
|Rugosa rose hips|
I've read that rose hips aren't ready to harvest until after a frost. Makes 'em sweeter they say. As you can see, quite a few of mine were drying on the bush, so I picked them. I'll dehydrate them to use at a later date.
|A handful of grapes|
The grape vine was here when we got here. I found it hidden in the brush. The past two years the birds got most of them. This year I got them. They are sour and seedy, I assume wine grapes or for jelly. These are all I got, so I'll freeze them along with a few other things and make a mixed jelly later.
Nothing else to show, but I've got green tomatoes growing, borage blooming, cantaloupe vines blooming, a scattering of volunteer potatoes, and soup beans drying on the vine. I still have more to plant too. So tell me, how is your harvest coming along?