Wednesday, July 16, 2014

The Canning Continues

Lots of good things coming out of the garden. Plenty of tomatoes and a second crop of green beans. The last few days a stash of spaghetti sauce, salsa and 13 pints of green beans were added to the pantry.
A nice feeling when the empty jars are replaced with full ones!

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Now I know why I want to live on our VA farm. Today it was 77* and breezy. Everything is lush and green 'cause they get rain there. The peace and tranquility is almost overwhelming. Up there you hear nothing but an occasional plane flying over and it is so high that it is almost unnoticeable. What I do hear loud and clear are Towhees, a bird I fondly remember from my childhood at my grandparents house, a mama cow with a low moo calling her calf, turkeys gobbling in the distance and at night a bobcat on the ridge.
Last week Doug and his crew went up and set the fence posts. He had a driver to pound the posts in the ground. When he got home he said you will not be happy, the posts are crooked because it took us while to figure it out. They call me inspector  # 13...
We got about half of the property line fence run. Doug's brother came up to help, thank goodness as I probably nailed one post to their 3. He left after a yummy picnic lunch and Doug and I finished the brace posts for the remainder of the line. All in all it is about 1100 feet on that side.
And yes some of the posts are crooked but only if you look down the line not at it!

Friday, July 4, 2014

Happy Independence Day!

The only fireworks going off around here today were the ones in my head where I was fighting an intense urge not to strangle my husband. Last night at 8 o'clock he decided we would head to the VA farm and run fence tomorrow. Not such a bad idea except for the fact that I had to mix sourdough right then for the store and deliver it today as we would leave before daylight. To top it off when I reached for the starters in the fridge they had stuck together and came crashing out on the floor along with a carton of yogurt. No, I have not been in one of my better moods today.....
In the end bread was baked and delivered, all 14 loaves and the kitchen cleaned. I mowed while he was out picking up the last of the supplies.

Then we were off to the garden to dig the potatoes. Sis and brother-in-law joined us and we harvested almost 7 bushels. Not our best harvest but good enough.
 Red
Yukon
Purple

For supper we enjoyed a freshly dug baked red potato. Oh my, so creamy and moist. Good food and a strong cocktail always make things better. He is forgiven. ;-)

Monday, June 30, 2014

The first round of pickling cucumbers is about to poop out but not before giving us a bumper crop. Today I canned 10 pints of various shapes, spears and slices. That makes a total of 15 pints thus far.
 I always add an extra bit of garlic and red pepper flakes.
We have been picking blueberries every evening and they too have provided us with a large crop. We have eaten blueberry parfaits every day for several weeks. Divine. But I must tuck a few in the freezer..

Saturday, June 28, 2014

The last of the garlic came out of the ground, along with the onions. The soil was so dry they all had to be dug by hand with a shovel. Tomorrow we will go in and till those rows for late summer crowder peas.
Doug finally finished the fields and got the Millet seed spread. It wasn't long after he finished an early afternoon thunderstorm rolled through. Certainly a welcome sight to settle the fields and get the seed going.
I planted a new round of kale, spinach and lettuce in the cold frame beds. While planting I discovered this:
Hmmm...where are you evil horn worm? I find him and his whole family! Thank goodness or the tomatoes would have been gone tomorrow.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Today I cleaned up the garlic that was pulled on Sunday. The late varieties are still in the ground but should be ready in another week or so. Also harvested some of the onions. The rest I'll do when the garlic comes out. A pretty nice harvest considering last year we got none as it all rotted in the ground.

Monday, June 23, 2014

Doug did get the corn in yesterday. I did not get the green beans in until this afternoon. I was in the garden dripping with sweat when he came in and drove straight to the barn to begin working up the fields again. He stopped and asked what was for supper. Don't know was my answer. He looked at his watch. I have 2 hours don't I? Yes, but I didn't want you to forget. FORGET!? I resisted the childish urge to stick out my tongue. We have been married 23 years. I have never FORGOTTEN to fix supper. Opted out on occasion but never forgotten. Men..
Supper turned out to be a tasty concoction of zucchini stuffed with lots of fresh veggies from the garden, covered with homemade spaghetti sauce from the pantry and smothered with mozzarella cheese. A side of slaw with the cabbages harvested this weekend completed the meal.
After supper I ran the green beans, that were also picked over the weekend, through the frencher and got them canned.
And the good news is that if I forget to cook supper tomorrow night we have plenty of leftovers!