I’ve been picking produce daily in the garden since I returned home from Mexico. Besides the peaches, cucumbers, snow peas, yellow, purple and green beans and strawberries you see here, I have also harvested lettuce, tomatoes, raspberries and potatoes.
All of the potatoes in the buckets pictured above were grown from some volunteer potato plants that grew in the compost heap. I transplanted them into a small row and was amazed by the amount that we dug today–I’m guessing between 15-20 lbs.
I spent some time today pulling up lettuce that had gone to seed, and hoeing out purslane. I have a ways to go.
This will be nicely weeded basil, snow peas and lettuce by tomorrow night, hopefully.
I did preserve quite a bit of food this week, as well.
I asked for some bean SWISHERS. That would be people who would swish the beans around in the cold water after I blanched them for 3 minutes so they could cool down before I froze them. I loved that job when I was little, so wanted to share the joy with Jake. Soon there were 3 pieces of equipment in the sink, and I asked Jake what in the world he was doing to the beans. “SQUISHING THEM, AUNTIE” he replied. I had a good laugh and then explained what I needed and he moved on with the process. Soon, I found this:
And a little later…this…’
But we finally finished and everyone had fun!
I made a batch of fruit cocktail using the pears my sister gave me, peaches from our tree, pineapple, maraschino cherries and grapes Rob bought (the grapes were only 99c/lb and the others were in bulk from Cash and Carry).
It comes out so pretty that way! Of course, before I could can in these jars I always use for fruit cocktail, we had to FIND the jars upstairs in the shop attic. That took a while, but we prevailed. These jars hold about 3 cups and it is the right amount for us. Because fruit cocktail is a lot of work to make, we only have it occasionally and I don’t want to waste a bite. I have enough ingredients for another batch, and hopefully the pears will ripen up enough for me to do that tomorrow. I got 13 today and want more.
I got 5 jars of tomatoes, as well, and none too soon, since I used the last quart of tomato pieces I can find, yesterday. I still have pints, but why waste lids by opening 2, if I need a quart? So, I do both quarts and pints.
I have lots more produce to pick and process, as well as boxes of fruit ripening on my porch. I love this time of year as the canned jars start filling the cupboard. I’ll be at it again in the morning.