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Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Sadly the garden is ending

Fall has to be my all time favorite time of year. It brings cooler weather, a much appreciated relief from the dog days of summer. And with fall comes the end of the garden and its bounty. We still have a few things left in the garden that will produce up till frost most likely. The sweet potatoes will grow till closer to time for frost. The tomatoes are pretty much done producing. Some small ones still on the vine will try to ripen. Maybe they can be frozen for fried green tomatoes. I have some green beans that are just now starting to produce. I am going to try to at least pick a mess of those tomorrow. I planted several different kinds of dried beans. Those still need to be picked and shelled. I also still have several pepper plants with peppers on them that will ripen as the weather cools a bit more. The vines have started to die on the cushaws and those need to be harvested and put in the cellar for winter. When the weather is cold is the best time to make cushaw butter to can and for pies. Also have a LOT of butternut squash to put in the cellar. There are probably 20 huge watermelons in the garden that are not ripe yet. If we have more than we can use I think I will freeze some watermelon puree just for fun. I think it would make a nice treat when the snow is falling. A sweet reminder of summer time.
All I have done today is slice a 5 gallon bucket of sweet bell peppers for the freezer. I had 4 gallon zip top bags of those. Still more in the garden to slice to use in gumbo this weekend.
I did order more cornish cross chicks to raise for fryers this morning. They should be here by the end of the month. Then butchered 6 weeks later in really cool weather. I guess I need to save some canning jars for canning venison when the guys go hunting this fall. I do want to make and can some Hungarian Goulash. Some how I don't think I want the canning season to end this year. Maybe it is because I have such a nice place to work in with my summer kitchen. I has been a real pleasure to work out there this year.
So till next time, blessings from the McGuire homestead.



deb said...

I sure wish I was still there to help you slice the peppers and help with the gumbo cannin! I miss ya Sis!

Johnna Sutton said...

I have learned so much from you this canning season, thank you for your wisdom! I canned my Turkey, you were right, it was easy :)

stella said...

Gosh Deb I miss ya too, you being here with me sure made canning a whole lot more fun. But we will do it again.
Johnna the only problem with canning your own is that when you run out the store bought stuff jus will never be as good. Im proud of ya, keep going. What you can can is only limited by your imagination.

The Apple Pie Gal said...

I will second Johnna! You are an inspiration! Love ya!

stella said...

Ah thas sweet, tanks apple pie gal. I just have a good imagination when it comes to canning. lol If a canning factory can do it, I can do it better. lol