Wow – I was surprised when I realized it was September 1, and now here it is 1/2 way over….summer moves to fast! I have canned tomatoes until I am sick of them. I didn’t make ketchup this year, but there are still tomatoes on the vine – I might find some time! I canned a LOT of sauce, so I can always decant and make some later. Last night we got the last of the green peppers off the plants and diced them up for the freezer. Some with diced onions, some just plain. We use them for chili, meatloaf, etc. I was really hoping for a lot more, but the garden just didn’t do as well as we wanted it to.
Dave moved the strawberries to a raised bed, so it will be not just easier to pick, but easier to cover from the Japanese beetles next year. He also added a little raised herb bed, which I am going to make a garlic bed instead! LOL I let my garlic form seed heads, so I have a big tupperware of the little bulbils (seeds). It takes 2 years to get a head of garlic from them, but it is a lot cheaper in the long run. Since our gardening always seems to have one or two experiements anyway I am planting one half of the raised bed with the bulbils and the other half with cloves. That way, I will get garlic next year from the cloves, and plant bulbils next fall and always have a rotating crop going. At least in my head that is how it is going to work.
we are getting about 5-6 eggs per day from the chickens. I know soon it will be 18 or so! I am trying to build a purchasing base – but not sure how I want to market it. I don’t know if I want people dropping by yet, when we aren’t home during the day. I might just go into town to a couple of restaurants and see if they are interested in my eggs.
My favorite indiana seed company had a 50% off sale for heirlooms and organics, so I put in an order….and got them this week – hard to believe that I am still getting tomatoes out of the garden and planning next years already!
God has blessed us here. So many people have lost everything in fires and floods and earthquakes and hurricanes – we are thankful for everything we have!