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.
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!