|I had an early start on my cantaloupes, so we enjoyed quite a few of these|
early in the summer. Their comeback means we'll enjoy a few more!
|I'm glad to see the green beans thriving once again. I got a few quarts|
canned earlier but will be glad for more. We like canned green beans.
|My sweet peppers barely made it! The little one|
on the lower right will be our first of the season.
|Okra is another favorite but I have yet to harvest enough for a meal.|
It's growing and flowering now, so I'm looking forward to a harvest!
|Pickle making has commenced.|
We usually plant a quarter acre of field corn every summer. This year we didn't because Dan was busy milling the lumber for the new barn. Since corn seed is only viable for a year or two, I planted a seed patch in the garden.
|My seed patch of field corn.|
All the pretty pictures don't mean I'm not having problems.
|The tomatoes have blight, but the sweet basil is doing very well.|
Tomatoes go into the freezer for sauce making at a later date.
And the rain brought on plenty of weeds.
|Can you tell there's a cushaw squash vine in there?|
Trouble is, there's no time to weed. Every day is spent picking and preserving all day long. One of the reasons for that is because our fruit trees and bushes have done exceptionally well. We had a very rainy winter so there was plenty of moisture to make a lot of fruit. I worried about them when it was so hot and dry, but the rains came just in time to plump everything up. I can hardly keep up with it all.
|Apple and pear sauce. So sweet it doesn't need sugar.|
|My 3/4 jars were prefect for canning it.|
|This was the first year I had enough pears to can by themselves.|
|I also canned half a dozen quarts of pear mincemeat|
I found the recipe in the Ball Blue Book.
|Those pickles I mentioned. Two kinds of dill, one with the last of|
the garden dill, the other with seeds I dried and saved last year.
|I canned lots of figs, plus froze some for making jam this winter.|
|Blueberries are still coming on.|
Of course we're eating well too!
|Apple pie. I've been freezing pies too: blueberry, fig, apple.|
So that's my garden report for going on the end of August. It's hard to believe it's almost time to start thinking about fall planting! How is everyone else's garden doing?
The Garden's Second Wind © August 2016