Hello, friends. Last week, I saw the first ripening raspberry. When I went to check and see if it had gotten ripe, it was gone. Oh well, a bird probably has a happy tummy. I did nab one another day. I've frozen a few pans of blueberries and blackberries, whatever we weren't eating fresh, as I'm picking them most every day. I listed two items on ebay, and sold one. One of the containers of potatoes had mint growing in it, so I harvested it and made iced tea. Besides blueberries, I'm harvesting cucumbers, beets, lettuce, zucchini, tromboncino and yellow squash, purple pole beans and yard long beans. Also, small amounts of lambs quarter when I see it. I blanched and froze another meal's worth last week.
|after scouring... yuck!|
A new pasta recipe was tried, with lemon, feta and basil. Hummus was made. Now that cucumbers have started coming in, I've made asian cucumbers three times. It's definitely a favorite of ours. I pulled one of the purple cosmic carrots to try, and it was very good. A neighbor came by, asking if I still did massage. I ended up giving him a chair massage, the first one I've done since St. Patrick's Day. In the shadiest portion of the garden, I prepared a bed for lettuce, adding in old chicken manure, then watched the sun to see which portion of the bed got the most shade. It will get direct sun from about noon to 3, and dappled light at other times. I'm hoping that will work to give me a nice crop of lettuce during the hottest part of summer. It's been hot and dry. I'm hoping one of the days forecast to have a good chance next week brings us some rain.
There are many lightning bugs this year, which brings me joy. In past summers, there were many, but the last few years, there seemed less and less. How wonderful they're returning. I ended up having to compost the calendula I had harvested, as little caterpillars hatched out of it. That was a first. I read a tip to freeze the flower buds when you bring them in, to keep that from happening. I picked a bouquet of soapwort, butterfly bush, pink and purple bee balm, and verbena for the house. Not long ago, my husband expressed a wish for a home grown tomato on the 4th, which is early for our garden. Well, his wish came true, and we shared our first cherry tomato of the year on the 4th. Ha! We also enjoyed our fresh picked corn and green beans, and made mint ice cream with our Kentucky Colonel mint. I found sparklers I've had for some time, and we had fun with some of them at dark.
|happy coreopsis in the dye bed|
|red noodle beans/yard long beans|
We had a fine crop of red onions this year, filling more than half a copper boiler. We still have to harvest yellow onions and sweet onions, and have Egyptian walking onions as well. The beans are becoming prolific. Though I'd love to hold off a bit longer, it appears I'll need to can some this week. I also plan to can pickled beets some time soon. So far, I'm managing to somewhat keep up with cucumbers and squash, though I expect I'll be canning them before long too. I was able to share some of both with a neighbor on Sunday. We cut a watermelon for the 4th, and gave the chickens the rind and quite a bit of watermelon, as it was overripe. Sad, as we had just bought it the day before. Our melon plants are coming along, but it will be some time before we have melons to eat. Last week, I finished reading Dreams From My Father, and began reading The Cooking Gene, both library books. Have a good week, friends.