Finished Potatoes

Up early and out to the garden.  I picked beans and got 3 quarts to can, then picked the zucchini  and cucumbers.  Those I will save for a day or two until I get enough to do a load of squash and some pickles.  Then I pulled the last rutabaga, it doesn’t look too good but will put it into todays beef stew along with some onions, a few green beans, a zucchini and some potatoes.  After breakfast we dug the last row of potatoes, Kennebecs.  We got almost a bushel and they look very good at this point.  I spread them out to dry with yesterdays.  I will take four quarts of the small potatoes to can with the beans as they take the same pressure and time.  That will give us a full load.  Norman is now in the garden planting those last three rows where the potatoes were.  He is again planting beans and corn only this time it is one corn and three beans across the row as we are sure the beans will be ready to harvest before frost but are not sure if the corn will be.  It will help the beans grow better though as they are companion plants and they seem to help protect the beans from small critters.  We have had no trouble with invading pests so I do think the Mint-X bags are doing their job.  If this continues we will have all the beans we want for canning this year and will not have to buy any.  The two rows of bush beans that were eaten by some thing earlier this spring, have now recovered and grown new leaves and it is those rows that I am now getting most of my beans from.  Everything is growing well so no complaints today.  Oh, yes the first row of corn and beans are up and we had good germination.

Just one month and the family will be here for a visit.  They will be here for a week – can’t wait to see them all.  After they leave my sister and her girls are coming for a couple night – we will enjoy that visit also.  Then my daughter and hopefully my great grand daughter will come for a couple nights.  We are so blessed to have a wonderful family that will come way out here in the boonies to visit us!!  Looking forward to see everyone and hope my garden will be fruitful for them also.  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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2 Responses to Finished Potatoes

  1. Rosemary says:

    Nothing wrong with the boonies! People might be more happy away from so many foolish things!

    • I agree with you, Rosemary! I think you live longer away from all the stress and hustle-bussle, at least that is what we are panning on. When Norman retired he turned into a hermit and I had my choice- go with him and leave and I decided I like the boonies because that is where I grew up. My home town had 500 people at it peak and it was nice to know everyone in town.

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