The pace is slowing down a bit so at least today we can pick what we want to do.  I picked the tomatoes and got only a half box, about 12 pounds so decided to wait until tomorrow’s picking to can these and we made jelly instead right after breakfast.  After I picked the tomatoes I weeded the strawberries a little while.  We got a good rain last night so the ground was wet enough to weed.  When the ground is too dry the weeds just break off and I don’t get the root so I wind up having to weed the same spot again.  We turned 2 quarts of juice into jelly and got 18 half cup jars full plus a cup jar full for us to use now.  The half jars are for Christmas presents for Becca’c co-workers and fiends and Patty’s nurses and friends.  They don’t sound like a large present but if we were to sell them we would have to charge $5 a jar and then I would have a hard time talking Norman into doing it because you don’t get much of anything for your time.  That is why we don’t sell at the farmer’s market – too much work, too hard and low low pay.  I don’t see how they do it!!  We will have to buy some tomatoes to finish the sauce we need for the family.  We can buy they by the box (20 or 25 pounds each) almost as cheap as we can grow them that is if we don’t count our time and work to  grow them.  This year they are going for $10-$12 a box so far.  I hope the go back down to the $8 before we are done canning.  We still have pears and apples to buy but the pears will not be ready until about Oct and the apples should be ready in September.   Norman is now working on cleaning up the grape garden.  He has two posts to move and  two new ones to put in, then he will put in 2 by 2 cross bars for the grapes to grow on and I will tie the vines that are there up to the cross bars and prun them to fit.  Then a good dose of horse manure and mulch should leave them set for winter.  And we still have the raspberry bed to finish and the stawberry bed to finish weeding and putting to bed for the winter.  Then there is just the vegetable gardens to clean up and put to rest for the winter.  You see there are lots of things to chose from and it is nice now to have a choice each day, now that the rush of harvest has slowed down.  Have a great 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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