Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Summertime Woes

I’m beginning to think that winter is preferable to summer in numerous ways. Sure, it’s nice not dragging around a winter coat. But the outdoor chores seem never ending and I hate sweating buckets over them.

Of course, some of these efforts bring food to the table. We’ve been harvesting chard for quite some time, finding new recipes and finally just blanching the leaves to freeze for later use in place of spinach. The first tomatoes are ripening, too.

Meanwhile, the cucumbers are going crazy. We check every morning for ripe ones and they still grow out of control when missed, doubling in size overnight it seems. Around 11:30 yesterday SO started pickling the five or so pounds of cucumbers harvested over the previous two days.

The process took three hours. Today we harvested more.

This is Just the Beginning
Aren’t I lucky to have a gardening buddy willing to slave over a hot stove making pickles?

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10 comments:

  1. If you get enough of those pickles, you might consider a side business at a local farmers market ;)

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    1. We've considered that! Thanks for the tip.

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  2. Good to see someone else makes pickles. We are going to make them this week too.:)

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    1. Good on you! We just gave the neighbors who love them the last four jars from last year's harvest.

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    1. Oh, I wish we could send you some jars. ~hugs~ We produce way more than we can eat in a year.

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  4. My neighbour, who is a brilliant gardener, has given me chard a couple of times this year. I love it. I'm eyeing up her runner beans as they are now in flower - she usually gives me lots of those too!

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  5. You go lady! Pickles...yum. My food garden consist of to tomato plants. One is a smaller patio plant, put out 3 maters. They were on there when I got the plant but took forever for them to turn red. Finally over a month ago they did but a bird got one. I got two. My bigger one has had buds all over it only to dry up and fall off. NO maters from it. Decided that I will buy my tomatoes next yr. My peppers have done NOTHING......I give..haha

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    1. Oh, no. That's disappointing. There are so many pitfalls to gardening. Best wishes!

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