It’s been a very busy summer! We had some fun traveling days to Boston & Concord MA as well as the shore. We’ve kept the garden going along nicely in spite of the weather extremes. The deep mulch is working nicely. Although we’d hoped to visit the Grand Canyon in these waning days of summer, that will not happen for a variety of reasons…mostly time constraints.
Here are a couple pictures of what’s been happening on the homestead. I’ve implemented Heidi’s no blanch method with the copious amounts of Rattlesnake green beans and just popped them right into the freezer. Although we have loads of tomatoes there isn’t a single one that is even blushing yet. MANY bags of collards and kale have found their way into the freezer and the garlic & onion crops have been harvested and are curing up in the barn. For the first time ever we’ve felt the need to buy the Japanese beetle traps. My cucumbers are not producing well and the vines are yellowing out, I think it’s something viral. The apple trees look very promising and the red raspberries were pretty much a bust. If the birds are slow or I am quick, elderberries will be a good bet. The winter squash are all in fine fettle and many pumpkins are already sized up nicely.
Just a few days ago we sowed some late crops of broccoli rabe, pac choi, salad greens, and a variety of lettuces. Since the summer squashes got unruly I yanked a bunch out- I mean how much zucchini can one eat? However in a month or so we’ll probably want some more so I planted a late bit of green and yellow summer squash. We’ll see if they make or not.
I hope the tail end of your summer finds you all well and rested. Aside from dealing with a significant email snafu, things here are returning to a modest roar. Cheers!