J & I harvested squash from several vines that had died- spaghetti squash, hopi grey, butternut and others I've forgotten the name of. I started several cherry & grape tomatoes this year, including some Sweet Millions that were my Mom's seeds. I throw some of these tomatoes in with the larger ones when I'm canning, and we eat them fresh, but there were lots coming in, so J came up with the idea to try juicing them with the new juicer. I added in some of the smaller paste tomatoes, and did that. This time, I just steamed them, and it is a thin juice, not like store bought tomato juice. I'm thinking it would be best added to soups, or possibly vegetable dishes. For a thicker juice, you can blend the remaining pulp and add it into the juice. I think I'll try that next time.
We had some nice rain this week, so I replanted some of the fall vegetables that didn't come up with the first planting... more kale, spinach, 2 types of collards (one that J's grandfather grew, and Morris Heading), and a patch of mixed winter greens. It's too late to plant more rutabagas. Hopefully, I will get a handful of them this year from what did germinate. That vegetable has been a real challenge for me. I still want to replant beets and carrots, and get some cabbage and broccoli plants. In the winter I had filled TP tubes with dryer lint and a bit of candle wax. As I had a good amount of these, I've been tearing up TP tubes and tissue boxes and adding it to the compost bucket. A good portion of the year, it's mostly kitchen scraps that go into the compost bin, so more browns are always welcome. I cut a bouquet for the house, using zinnias, forsythia limbs that needed cutting back as filler, autumn clematis, and beauty berry.
|okra, squash, pawpaws & hazelnuts!|
Once I removed the husks, there was just a bit over one cup of hazelnuts in the shells. There are more on the shrub, not a lot, but some. These are what were on the ground, or shaken off. My Mom made the best gelato using hazelnuts. I think I may have just enough to make it.