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Monday, July 13, 2009

Busy not doin much



Today I have managed to stay busy not doing much. Had a few personal errands to run this morning then on to the garden this evening. Dug some potatoes to cook tomorrow. Picked almost 1/2 bushel green beans, found a few ripe tomatoes. I had a few peppers that were big and picked those off too. Went through the cucumber vines again and pick several that are too large for pickles, so I may use those and the peppers and some onions and maybe make some sweet relish tomorrow. Also got enough pickling size to make 5 more quarts of dill pickles.
The cabbage heads are starting to firm up and I have some of those to turn into something tasty also. But I am thinking canned red cabbage would be really pretty too. Maybe red sauerkraut would be nice too.
My new addition to the garden this year is tomatillos. I have never grown them before but a dear friend sent the seed to me and I planted them. Now I am going to be looking for good canning recipes to use those as well. That should be an interesting concept. But they are so cute growing, they look like little paper lanterns. From my reading they are best picked when the paper like husk just cracks open. We shall see.
With my early sweet corn being a loss, we had replanted more in the garden. I is about 8 inches tall and doing really well. Got the fertilizer on it tonight and Jason, my oldest son plowed it out. It looks so much better. I have high hopes for some late sweet corn. So till next time, blessings from the McGuire homestead.

stella

5 comments:

Jen said...

You rock Stelly! Ya'll have done an amazing job wif that garden. It's gorgeous lookin' real nice n green! I would love to be sittin' onna porch eatin' some grilled bratwurtz wif that sweet relish,kraut, mustard anna beer. Yum! There is so much to learn from you. ~Jen

MA Fat Woman said...

My brother planted something new this year called yard beans. They are a kind of green bean that can grow exceptionally long...the ones we ate over the weeken were about 18 inches. No kidding! They looked impressive but didn't taste very well.

stella said...

Hi Greg, yeh the tomatillos are doing great, now to figure out what all to do wif em. Maybe some salsa and who knows what I will come up with. And dont worry much about your cukes, I think they will crawl out and find some sun and do well.
stella

stella said...

Hi Jen, I'll bring relish if you will furnish the dogs and beer.lol
Maybe I will post my recipe for ya sometime. Thanks for visiting.
stella

stella said...

Hi MA, I remember one time someone gave some seed for the yard long bean to my dad and he planted them by the fence. They do get really long and if I remember from way back then, they had kind of a sweet taste unlike the typical green bean. And heck yeh they are impressive growing. Dont remember any of ours getting a yard long tho. Thanks for reminding me of those.
stella