This morning I went down to the garden to get some onions for my stewed chicken and found the beets down there were in need of pulling. Those beets were planted about three weeks after the ones in the kitchen garden and thinned only when I thinned the others for the third time so I had no idea they were getting to be so much bigger than the first planting. I like to pull them while their greens are still nice so I can have the greens for a second vegetable. Today I have so much left over from yesterday I just can’t cook them today so am going to freeze them. I have washed the beets and cut off the greens leaving about and inch of the stems with the beet and will now put them into the freezer on a cooky sheet to freeze and when they are frozen I then double bag them and take out just as many as I need in the winter. Freezing them this way they do not stick together when frozen. It is true they are not as crisp when we have them in the winter but they are just as sweet and taste the same as when fresh. They are easier to peel if you do that while still frozen a little or cook them just as you do fresh one and peel them after boiling until a little tender. The greens I will blanch as the shrinks them and they take up less room in the freezer. I will save out enough beets to have Thursday. Tomorrow we go to Whitwell to check on the house there and to find out when they expect the canning tomatoes to come in. That means not much time to cook for a noon meal so we always have spaghetti on those days. Patty and Becca will have to eat lots of spaghetti sauce when they come up as we still have 20 quarts on the shelf and it is getting on time to can more. Last year we canned 128 quarts and gave everyone a case or two for Christmas, hope to do the same this year but Becca and Roxanne need more this year as they have run out.
Shanti, Dad got the part for his tractor yesterday in the mail and it was the correct part he needed( he did a lot of praying) and now the tractor steers again and is going fine. He has promised to cut brush with it only going up the hill not down. Everything here is on a hill and when he hits a stump going down hill he can not just back up off of it as the tires spin. If he hits a stump going up hill he can back off and gravity helps get him off the stump. Using the mower is the only way to keep the under growth from taking over all the area we have cleared. When ever there is a little sun coming in a new place the sassafras pop up and quickly grows into a small tree if we don’t cut it down. With the heavy mower he can cut down most of them and we only have to use the loopers to cut the ones around the stumps.
Rosemary- Sounds like your farm is the size I like. I hate being a slave to a place and with too many animals you quickly become one. We had wild house cats here for several years but where we are gone to Florida so long in the winter they all found new homes. We never made pets of them and could only touch them when thy were hurt or in need of extra care, we feed them and they kept the mouse down. Now we have to take care of our own mice as there are no stray cats around this year. One year we had a mother grey fox and her three kits but they left in the fall of that year and never came back. Again we did not make pets of them as the danger of rabies is too great here but they came each afternoon to be fed, they kept their distance until I set the food out then we could sit on the porch and watch them eat. The mother had a crippled paw so had trouble getting the food for her three babies, I a sure that is why she came so close and our house is the only one here in the woods and with no dog I guess she felt safe with us. Have a great day. Lots of love to all.