Hello, friends. How have you been doing these July days? Last week, I planted seeds of beets, cabbage, kale, broccoli, and collards. The beets were direct sown, and were Detroit Dark Red and Cylindra. The others were started in pots, and were Russian Red, Premier, and Dwarf Siberian kale, Early Jersey Wakefield and a mystery cabbage, Green Glaze and Vates collards, and Green Goliath broccoli. The lettuce planted in the pond last weekend was Salad Bowl and Dark Red Lollo Rossa. I received free packs of sample HP papers, thanks to someone sharing on The Prudent Homemaker. While using a $3 off $20 produce coupon, I found organic peaches for $2.49/2# (usually $3.99), and found cherries at another store for $3.99/#. Some of the peaches were frozen for future smoothies. We've had some nice, large tomatoes, including this whopper that weighed 1# 11 oz.
I decided to plant a few more potatoes, using ones that had worked their way above the ground before harvesting, and had started to grow little leaves, as well as ones starting to sprout. I'm doing this as I come across them when gathering for dinner. I wish I'd thought of it before we covered them up in their storage spot, but I saw mention where there was still time to get a harvest, even if only small potatoes. We love potatoes, and more can only be a good thing. Water from washing lettuce was used to water plants. A bin of shredded paper was emptied into the compost. The pups were bathed in the outdoor shower with homemade dog soap. Their beds were washed, and dried on the line. I sold a set of antique dishes for my friends on ebay. There have been lots of apple and pear drops, so I've been gathering many of them. Some of the damaged apples have been chopped for the pups and chickens. I'm thinking of making a batch of applesauce with them. No sign yet of the pond lettuce germinating, but soon I hope.
Eggplant, stewed tomatoes and tomato juice were canned last week. I made soap using the stove for the first time this year. Sales have been slow, so I hadn't made any since April, when the woodstove was still going occasionally. Thankfully, sales are picking up a bit. Last week, I harvested cucumbers, yellow squash, eggplant, tromboncino, tomatoes, basil, blueberries, and green beans. I went through Swagbucks for a purchase, which will give me $5 cash back, used a $12 reward, and will get another 10% back in rewards. I mended a small hole in the watering can with epoxy. The carrots and beets have started coming up, and quite a few kale, collards and broccoli are up, as well as another cucumber. The first two chanterelles were gathered, and used in a veggie scramble.
The first two cucuzza squash were harvested. I checked in with my Sicilian family, and they recommended making pasta with tenerumi and cucuzza. I watched the video as well on YT, and found out, traditionally the beans inside larger green beans would have been used, but this was changed to black eyed peas in the US, in this particular recipe at least. I found one large green bean with five beans inside today, so I threw it in, along with the homegrown canned peas. I figured out what was making holes in our peppers, and causing them to drop off... slugs. We have a bottle of beer we were given that we don't care for, so it will be used as slug bait. I may also crush egg shells, and place them around the plant. I'd love to harvest some peppers. We're grateful for the good rain we had last week, and are hoping for more this week. Wishing you a lovely week.