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Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Nothing big happening

If there was anything big happening in the world today, then I missed it. Not a lot happening here on the homestead. The usual mowing the yard, mowing around barns and out buildings with the bush hog. I did pick more squash today that were grated and put in the freezer for zucchini bread and squash fritters. Picked off some more peppers to encourage the plants to produce more. Some of the peppers that were sold to me as sweet were actually hot. But only mildly so, and those got chopped to use in salsa later. Made several more quarts of dill pickle slices and made some sweet relish from some of the cukes that had gotten too big to use for pickles.
This has surely been a summer of learning in the garden. I planted Kentucky Wonder bush beans again this year. The plants were small and I was thinking they would not produce much at all. I am glad I didn't till them under and plant over. The Kentucky wonder bush beans are slow to start producing but they continue to grow and are great producers. So if you plant this variety and get a little discouraged with them, don't be, they will produce better than you first think.
All the rain we have had this year has caused a blight in the tomatoes. If caught early enough it can be treated. It is going to decrease my harvest drastically but I will have enough to more than replace the canned tomato products that we have used since last summer.
The sweet corn that tasseled out at about 3 ft tall has little ears of corn on it. They wont be very big but better little corn than no corn. Maybe we just need to count our blessings more often and complain less. If I live long enough I maybe will learn this lesson. Till next time, blessings from the McGuire homestead.

stella

5 comments:

MA Fat Woman said...

You raise any tobacco in your area of Kentucky?

stella said...

Hi woman, thanks for visiting. No we dont raise tobacco any more. We used to several years ago and when my dad say that they were trying to phase out the tobacco program he sold the tobacco base off the farm and we never raised it again. I have done my fair share of working in tobacco in my younger years tho. Here in Eastern Ky you see very few tobacco fields any more. Just no money to be made in it.
stella

Anne M. said...

hi! just found your blog & loving it! but had a question =)

what do you mean by squash fritters? are you meaning like battered fried squash? I have a TON of zucchini and we really like fried zucchini but not so sure how to prep it for freezing so we can enjoy it in the winter. If that's what you do can you share how you do it? I'd really appreciate it =)

stella said...

Hi Anne, thanks for visiting and glad you enjoy the reading. I like fried zucchini too, but ya can get enough of it after a while. You can use any fritter recipe for the fritters. When I put my squash in the freezer, I do it the easiest way. Just wash them well, and grate them or shred in food processor. Then measure out maybe 1 cup baggies and freeze, no other prep needed. Just do keep in mind that they will be wetter when defrosted so in a recipe you may want to decrease the liquid. I also do this with yellow summer squash. If you want, check out the clip marks section on the left of the blog, scroll through the recipes and you will find one for Mock Pineapple made with cubed zucchini. It is really good. You will never know its not pineapple when you use it in a recipe. Try it! So good.
stella

Anne M. said...

Thanks! =)

I do plan to try that mock pineapple, sounds great!