Monthly Archives: July 2014

Pepper update

 

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I love this picture cause it has a few different stages of the pepper.  These are Jalepeno and I can’t wait to go out and pull a dozen and stuff them with cheese and other goodies.

Tomatoes are turning

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Once these all turn we will have to extract them.  There are many more higher up.  I feel like I learn to much gardening, what to do differently next year.I plan on canning these for use in chili.

Harvest from today

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So many cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, a couple squash, peppers and two eggs,  The basket was so heavy I was worried the handle would break.  Oh and they carrots were not good, I will assume they get sweet at the end of the growing.

Great problems to have

Too many cucumbers.  I have given them to everyone at work. Shared some with family.  I have made cucumber something every day to do my part.  I have 8 sitting in my fridge right now.  That is just from the weekend.  Those are the slicing cucumbers.  I have a dozen or so if the pickling cukes.  I am going to make another batch of fridge pickles.  I pulled all the greens out of the raised bed up front, cooked those up last night, got 8 cups of cooked greens out of it.  I froze half for later.  Not sure how frozen greens will taste but enough salt and butter makes shoe leather taste good.  The tomatoes are starting to turn.  I suspect I will be canning those babies next weekend.  Another great problem to have, no rooster so far.  We buy 6 chickens at a time, because that’s how they sell them and because we expect to lose a few.  So we are living with 10 chickens.  That also seems like too many chickens.  We have a couple we could process for meat birds that are certainly market weight, but it’s a long time till chicken days in the fall and we never know what can happen with those crazy birds.

Jerkweed

Still don’t know what this weed is called, but I decided the best way to take care of it is to just pull it.  So double and triple up the gloves and pull away.  The root looks like a turnip and there are these thorny, sticky clusters of pain.

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My plan now is to pull them out before Boomer mows.

 

Tomatoes

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Gotta get the wire cutters out to get these tomatoes out.IMG_5916

We have a little collection of tomatoes for tonight’s dinner.