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Monday, July 6, 2009

Slowly but surely

The garden is finally starting to produce some veggies so I can get some canning done. Went to the garden today not expecting to find anything ready. Took 2 small buckets with me. And be darn I picked about 1/2 bushel of beans, not bad for the first real picking. Those were for making shuck beans. Just string them, wash and drain well and place on screen to dry in the sun.
Cut more little broccoli florets off the plants where the main broccoli head had already been cut. Guess its a good thing I decided to just leave the plants in the garden. Put about a gallon of broccoli in the freezer. And there will be more in a few days.
Picked more zucchini and summer squash. Will be making and canning zucchini bread tomorrow. Had too many things going today to do any baking. Picked enough cukes to make 2 quarts and 1 pint of dill pickle slices. I have way too many banana peppers. Picked enough to make 3 pints of pickled peppers. Also picked about a dozen bell peppers that were really big so the plants would continue to produce.
Was looking at the tomatoes and have got lots of green tomatoes. Then the thought struck, how about fried green tomatoes? So that's what I ate for supper. With the fried zucchini slices. Nothing like good fried food fried in lard.
While surveying the damage in the backyard from the dozer, I took a good look at the onion beds. The tops were drying and had fallen over so I decided to pull them and spread them out on the picnic table in the back yard. Was late getting the onions out this year and they didn't get too big but will still make good pickled pearl onions and maybe dry some. Got back out there today and peeled about half of them. Tomorrow I think I will make the pickled onions and slice the rest for drying into onion flakes.
So till next time, blessings from the McGuire homestead.



grgabob said...

Sounds like the garden is producing better than ya thought--and that's a good thing!

stella said...

Hi Greg, yeh it is somewhat better than I thought but nothing like it should have been. Lack of sunshine stunted everything.