My day began at 6 am this morning.  I went to the lower garden and picked all the cucumbers that were ready, the zucchinni, and the green beans.  Then I cut some of the tops off the tomato plants so they will not grown over 5 1/2 feet tall and put their energy into biger and more tomatoes.  By then Norman was back from his morning walk and ready to help me slice the cukes and get them into ice and salt to make pickles.  The ice and salt for three hours make them crisp.  Then it was time for breakfast.  After breakfast I cut dead cane from the raspberries.  The picture above is the house garden and in the background you see the raspberries.  Every cane that had berries on it this year has to be cut out back to the ground and they will not bear again except on side branches which would then choke out the good cane.  Once we get the old cane out Norman will put up new wire for the new cane to grown on and I will tie the cane to the chicken wire.  Any plants that are too far away from the wire or are in the path between the rows I will dig up and transplant to a better spot.  Next year I hope to have a large crop like this year but have one that is easier to pick.  After a short break we canned the vegetables I had picked earlier.  We got 2 pints of green beans and this time I put ginger in them to see if we like that flavor, and 6 pints of zuchinni with tomato sauce.  We tried one jar of that and it was good so we will can all we are able to this year.  We lost one jar in the processing.  The jar broke so it must have been a weak jar or been hit sometime that we didn’t know about.  Then I did three quarts of bread and butter pickles.  We are not processing them this year as the old recipes don’t call for processing pickles and they should stay crisper.   Monday is also wash day and that is finally done and put away so now we can rest and read.  If I get bored I will work on filing in my “neat desk”  that is going well but takes a lot of time.  Have a good day.

About Carol (Ouma) Petts

I am a retired teacher. I have taught all levels from kindergarten through college and have been retired now for over 20 years. The last ten years we have lived on a farm and lived off the land, growing our own food and canning for our extended family. Now we have sold the farm and are moving to Florida to truly retire. I guess I have always had a short attention span as this is our 11th move. We have moved from a small farm in New Hampshire, to more city type living, small business adventures, focusing more on traveling, Florida living, Georgia, and Tennessee farming and now back to Florida. My blog is a way to keep my children up to date on what I am doing and letting them know I am still alive and well. My children are spread across the country from New England to Florida, Nova Scotia to New Mexico and CA and several places between, They let me know what they are up to by commenting on my blog but they are so busy with their own lives most times I have to assume " no news is good news". Now I are starting on a new adventure so will try to give daily updates until we get settled into a routine. Then I know even if I am getting older and should settle down I will start looking for some new and exciting adventure to start. Welcome aboard. Norman died Oct 30, 2017 so I am continuing the journey alone with the aid of my children, grand children and great grand children. At present I am living with my daughter and we are 7 in one house and cover four generations. We range in age from 7 to 85 and are finding common ground, we are living proof that multi generations can live and function in a three bedroom house if they really want to. Soon my grandson will have his house built next door so we all will have a room of their own except for the seven year old twins who by choice will share a room.
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