Monday, August 01, 2011

Oh my,

So much has been going on I can't keep track. From the time the old rose was blooming up in the apple tree and the black raspberries were ripe, the gardens have gone completely out of control. There has been an enormous supply of cukes and four kinds of summer squash. And then the beans came. Yikes.

I've made black raspberry jam and accidently made "BerryGrapey' jam which turned out much better than I expected. I thought a frozen container of dark purple liquid was black raspberry juice, but it turned out to be grap juice from last fall. Turns out frozen blueberries picked last summer make a nice jam with grape juice. It tastes like grapes, but has a certain je ne sais quoi.

Once the berries were safely in jars, I froze beans and squash and canned my first ever cucumber pickles.

A wonderful completely original J. Sturdevant double flyer wheel was here briefly. Riverrim spun wool on it with both hands at the same time.

Oh and this sign got finished. Fred planed it, cut it out and ran the the router around the edges to get it ready for carving and painting. I was pretty happy with the way it came out.

The tomatoes aren't ripe yet, so we are having fried green ones for supper. There are scary quantities of green tomatoes. I replanted lettuce and spinach so maybe we will have some in September. The spiders are moving indoors and doing their darndest to set up housekeeping where I haven't done much in that direction. I saw online that one can cut broccoli plants down to the last five or so leaves and they will make new broccoli heads by fall so we shall see if that works....that is if we can find anything in the garden by then for the weeds which are flourishing.


Blogger Gail V said...

Loved reading your garden report, Grace. It helps me to know that we are just behind you. Yellow squash is coming fast now, beans might be soon, tomatoes are green.

12:19 AM  
Blogger Judy said...

Wow you are so far ahead of me. My beans haven't come in yet so I went to the farmers market and bought some. I picked the first small plum tomato today but like you I have vast quantities of them green. Other than rhubarb and nanking cherry I haven't made jelly. I had bad pollination on my blackberries this year but I do have some frozen from last year I could make jam with. And yikes to the spiders. I had too wolf spiders come in on the laundry.

8:52 PM  
Blogger cyndy said...

Your garden's bounty sounds wonderful!

...and I esp. enjoyed the samples of squash and cucumbers :-P

yum! and thank yu!

2:33 PM  

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