Puttin’ up…or not

July 11, 2018

Pickles. Got to have pickles.

Here it is the middle of July and I haven’t been putting up much.

By this time last year, I’d frozen peas and corn and peaches, canned pickles, kraut, blackberry jam, blueberry sauce, and was starting to put up tomatoes.

This year, I’ve done no corn, only two or three packages of peas, and no kraut, jams or jellies. I’ve made pickles, and I’m drying tomatoes, and so far, that’s about it.

Truth be told, I overdid it last year. I still have tomatoes (I will can some, but not nearly as many as I did last year). I have plenty of jams and jellies, and I’ll be adding to that stash this fall when scuppernongs ripen and when pears come in. I still have corn, and I still have peas; again, I may put up a little, but not as much as last year. And I’ll freeze some peaches. I’d like to make a big batch of blue-Q blueberry barbecue sauce and can that.  And we’ll call it done.

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I have gardened!

May 3, 2018

These are the herbs that overwintered/reseeded themselves, along with a few pots of new ones from this year.

And, oh, God, am I going to pay for it tomorrow. I’m already so sore and achy I can barely move. Damn this getting old stuff.

But, in the books for this year, so far:

Six pots of herbs, plus a significant bit of weeding and rearranging in the herb bed.

  • Fourteen tomato plants (should have been 15, but I miscounted when I was buying, so I’ll pick up another one tomorrow). I have four Better Boys, an Arkansas Traveler, a Brandywine, and I’ll pick up a Cherokee Purple tomorrow, a yellow cherry, a red cherry, and six Romas.
  • Six pepper plants. Two Cubanelles, two pimientos, a poblano/ancho (he will be an ancho, because I won’t pick him until he’s red), and a Thai hot.
  • The seed garden, which includes pole beans, lima beans, cucumbers (two kinds), carrots, cabbage, radishes, squash, and I think something else but I forgot what it was. Guess we’ll see when it comes up.

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Gardening season!

April 17, 2016

The promise of veggies tocome. Flower bed to be home of squash and cucumbers.

The promise of veggies to come. Flower bed to be home of squash and cucumbers.

Today, I bought a hoe.

This is significant.

You see, back in the Dark Ages when I was a kid, my parents had a massive garden. About an acre and a half. Plus fruit trees, plus a pasture with cows, plus, for a while, a hog pen. And a truck patch. One must never forget the truck patch. I’m not sure why one calls it a truck patch, but it was basically a late garden, planted in a low-lying, damp spot in midsummer so it could yield in the late summer and early fall when everything else had, sensibly, quit.

We didn’t eat much we didn’t grow.

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