Had a busy week picking and canning. Yesterday I picked raspberries and I turned the all into jelly. I got 5 jelly jars full- these are one cup jars. I got just over 2 quarts. I will pick again on Thursday and should get another two quarts. I had to prune out some of the new growth because the aisles were so chocked with new growth I couldn’t get through to pick the ripe berries. After the berries are all gone I have to cut the old cane down to the ground and tie up the new growth, some had grown so much they were taller than the fence already so it is good to cut them back and then they will branch out and have more berries next year.
Today I picked green beans again and canned 9 pints of green beans. These are for us, we have already done 10 quarts of green beans for the kids. I will pick beans again Friday and then next week I should be picking beans on the new beans that are in the corn. The beans in where the potatoes were are all coming up good. The beans in the kitchen garden are coming up slowly but should do alright. Today Norman tried two hills of pole beans. Most of the farmers around here plant only half runners. They are a pole bean also. I don’t care for pole beans as well as the bush beans but maybe the deer will leave the pole beans alone, we’ll see.
Tomorrow I will give the garden a rest and go to McMinnville shopping. It has been too hot to work in the afternoon and it will be the same tomorrow. It should cool down some by Friday so I can get caught up then with the raspberries and beans. The corn is looking good and there should be some ready for dinner Sunday unless the raccoons are watching too and they pull the trigger before me.
This year I have some bee balm blooming. I brought some here from our place in GA back in 2006 when we sold that place and for the first three years I had bee balm but then it stopped coming back and I thought I had lost it all but this year some.
It is really a very pretty flower. This year there are several things that have not done well in past years. There is a vine I put in on the back side of this garden to hold the soil on the hill and this year it is covering the hill and showing up on the front side.
This is the vine. Aren’t the leaves pretty. The picture above this is the vinca minor. I thought that was all gone but this year it is back.
I think this is a sweet william but I never planted any so it must be the birds that brought in the seeds. Maybe it is something else so if any one knows for sure what it is let me know. Also in the side garden the Coral Bells are in bloom. They are not very showy but the leaves are pretty.
The hosts are in bloom in the side garden also and the black eyed susans are budding and will be blooming soon. They last a long time. Have great day .