Dill Pickles

Time sure flies when your having fun.  The time goes so fast I never get to do all the things I need to do such as weed the garden.  The weather has been so hot there is not much growing in the garden just now, or so I thought.  Yesterday I went to the lower garden with a basket hoping to find a few beans for dinner and  here is what I came back with. Photo on 7-13-15 at 7.56 AM

I could not balance it all in the one basket so we used the garden cart to bring it up with. Photo on 7-13-15 at 7.58 AM

When I got to the house I balanced it all in the basket so you could see what I got.  Norman just walked in with another large zucchini and two more tomatoes that I had missed yesterday.  Also you can’t see the nice cucumbers under all the tomatoes and beans.  Yesterday I washed and cut the beans and cooked them all.  We had a few, all we could eat, for dinner and now I will have beans for dinner the rest of the week.  I got two quarts full.  Last night I sliced the cucumbers and zucchini  into spear, added a half cup of salt and covered them with ice cubes and left them over night so I would get crisp pickles.  Then this morning we canned 7 quarts, 4 pints and 1 half pint of dill pickles.  I also put the sweet Italian peppers into the dill pickle, the yellow squash I’ll fix for dinner Thursday and the tomatoes I guess we will have for suppers.  No need to buy vegetables this week!!  So the garden is still going great, inspire of the hot, hot weather.  The new beans in where the potatoes were are coming along great and starting to bloom, The pole beans are up and starting to climb the poles, the cucumbers are just starting to come into their own and climbing on everything insight.  So I guess I am not done with the gardening work yet.  We did have one of the butternut squash Sunday and it was very good.  Most of them can stand staying in the garden for a week or two more but we will be able to pick those soon and have those whenever we want. And there are still a few carrots for Norman.  I can’t eat them as I break out with the hives from carrots, crazy Huh!!  Of course the parsnips will be left for the new owners as they aren’t ready to eat until after the cold of winter to make them sweet.  I don’t know when to try the sweet potatoes.  The vines still look great so I don’t think they are ready to dig yet.  I will have to look that up on the internet as I have never had any luck growing sweet potatoes before and this year they are doing great.  Last year the animals ate the vines as soon as they began to spread, this year I put the hair clippings from Norman’s hair cuts that I saved all winter, around each plant and a small fence of yarn around and over the bed and nothing touched them this year.  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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