Starting the clean-up

We are just about finished the canning and now it is time to start cleaning up the gardens.  Today we had a watermelon.  Ten days ago we took one of the watermelons we thought was ready but it wasn’t quite.  The thing was sweet and light red but the seeds were not brown so we knew it should have stayed on the vine longer.  We did make water melon pickles and ate the red flesh and both were good.  We have been watching the other five on the vines and today some critter got into the garden and ate  about half of one.  It was nice and red and the seeds were brown so we took one for us and it is a good one also.  Now Norman is setting the trap and baiting it with the other half of the water melon in hopes of catching the critter, what ever he is before he eats all the others.

We have half of the tomato rows cleaned up and Norman has put up a fence around the whole garden to keep the deer out.  The other fence we had worked good for 5 years but we planted too close to the fence and the deer found out they could easily jump the fence and get the beans, now the new fence is higher and made of wire so they can’t get in as easily and we will not plant so close to this fence so the deer can’t tell what is in there.  Norman is weeding the beans that the deer left and they are getting new leaves and some blossoms so maybe we will still get a few beans before the frost comes.

I weeded the fall carrots and am now cleaning up the asparagus  bed and we can get that fertilized and mulched for winter.  The raspberries are all done and today I trimmed them again so they don’t just get long and leggy but branch out well.  The blueberries are almost done.  Norman is enlarging the bed as the bushes have really grown a lot this year.  Then we have the grapes to prune, weed and fertilize and the same for the fruit trees.  The pears, what few there are, are still on the tree and not yet ready to pick.  The crab apples are ready anytime but I am waiting until the apples are on the market.  Then I will get a bushel and make apple pie fillings to freeze and make jelly from the skins and cores and add the tiny crab apples to it for good flavor and added pectin.

This week I picked most of the Brussels sprouts and froze ten meals of those.  There are three more large plants that I will pick this week so Joe and Holly can have some fresh.  The green peppers are still growing well and those I will chop and fry with onions to freeze for winter.  We still get a cuke now and again and the leeks are still getting larger.  They make such good soup with the tomato juice.  There are some sweet potatoes in the tangle mess of vines but I have no idea if there are any potatoes on them, they have had to fight for their place in the sun all summer so I can’t blame them if there are no potatoes.

The black-eyed Susans and mums are still in bloom and it looks like they will be for another month or so.  They look so pretty now when everything else is on the way out.  Fall seems to have come on time even if summer didn’t.  We are now in the dog days of summer.  Very warm and humid with no air moving.  Nashville is getting the 90 + weather but we here on the mountain stay in the 80’s which is great.  We have had lots of rain this year but right now we could use some more.  They are predicting some for the week end, I hope they are right.  Have a great day and take care of yourself.

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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2 Responses to Starting the clean-up

  1. Hi Carol, Finally catching up on a few things!…like all your ” doings “, I have been away off and on all summer. Started with the trip Peter and I made to Montana to his granddaughter’s graduation from the U, of Montana at Missoula. We stayed out there for a week and it was grand!!!!! Beautiful! Then we have gone to Maine on 2 occasions both times good weather and enjoyed the beach. Now I am preparing for a 11 day visit from my French friend from Lyon, France. We started writing to each other in high school english class as pen pals. It has been a wonderful friendship over the many years for his family and mine. Many trips back and forth between our two homes. His wife died in May 2012 so this will probably be his last visit over here. Age is catching up with us all! Peter speaks Greek/English…Gilbert French and very little English and I speak with my hands and only English. I will be a wild time but fun!!!!! Peter has a big house in Keene right in the center so we can go to his home when not wanting to be so far out in the woods. Plan to take day trips around, N.H., VT. and Me. Gilbert and wife, Suzanne, spent 2 weeks here with us the year before Tim died. We took them everywhere then but this time it will have to be closer to home. Money and age will call the shots accordingly. So that is about all the news . Kids are all fine.

    • Hi Nancy, Thanks for the update on your summer. We are getting the gardens ready for winter. We have the blueberry patch all ready as well as the raspberries and grapes. We have started the vegetable gardens but they are not quite finished producing so have to wait to finish those. Now we need to prune the trees and shape the bushes and get that side of the house ready to leave for its winter rest. We spend one day a week with Joe and his family. It is really great having him close enough to visit with. He is very busy, as are all the young people today, they are so busy just making ends meet. Keep well and enjoy you pen pal’s visit. Best always-

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