Dig ‘em up.

It was time to do some harvesting , until now I had only harvested what I needed when I needed it but the potatoes where ready so it was time to dig them up. I decided to harvest some of the other veggies that were ready too

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the last of the turnips were ready , these are the ones that I had thinned out earlier in the season and replanted , they turned out to be some of the largest turnips this year. Potatoes came along really well with lots of large one and lots of small new type potatoes …yummy.

 

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I had given up on the summer squash because the leaves had started to die off and there had been lots of flowers but no fruit . After the recent hot spell the summer squash had just sprung in to life and started to fruit like no tomorrow .

The hot spell had kicked more than just the summer squash in to gear , the beans and peas were ready to pick .With all these beans and peas I figured it would be good to can them in the pressure canner .

All this harvesting made the way the next round of veg to be planted . I have planted more carrots and some spinach, so we will see how they get on with the seasons changing.

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Veggies Galore

The raised beds have really worked out well. i had 100% germination of the turnips so we have had a lot of turnips , we only lost a few to pests .They would develop a hole and then turn to mush inside. i think this was slugs .

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the cabbages just shot up after i stopped pulling them out thinking they were weeds. there is a weed that grows here that looks a lot like a cabbage seedling.

i decided with my first two cabbages that i would make sauerkraut . i followed a recipe i found on line and it turned out a little salty  but i am eating it anyways . i put it in a big jar and in to the fridge .

i pulled the majority of the turnips this week because with this hot weather i believe it makes them woody so i peeled the turnips , cut them up , blanched them and froze them . i also did the same 2 min blanche  with some of the greens and also the beet greens . the beets i cooked and peeled and then froze them also .

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the corn is coming along well and has the little tassels showing on top but no signs off cobs yet.

the summer squash and pumpkin plants just look like the triffids , they are taking over every where.

i had so many cucumbers that i did not know what to do with them so i decided to make pickles whichIMG_20110702_135427 is very easy you just cook up the brine fill the jars with sliced cucumber and then top up with brine and process in the canner . its very simple . i added some dill and some garlic in to my jars too , you then have to leave them for at least six weeks for the flavors to set up. it been a little longer than that as we still have a large jar of costco pickles in the fridge so I am looking forward to trying them on a burger soon.

we have had a few green beans and there are more to come , as well as the peas are starting to be ready now . tomatoes are on their way and there are a few hot peppers ready that I intend to make chilli infused olive oil with , I just love that stuff on pizza. the cantaloupe are sprawling out and have lots of flowers but are yet to have any fruit .

Cats Update

The Cats have been very happy and doing a great job . i have not seen any squirrels or mice recently
i tend not too see the cats too much ,apart form at night when it is feeding time then i hear potty (blakc and white one ) meow and Psycho (black) one is usually just behind. Recently Psycho has dissapered. for the past few days i had seen coyotes in the back field near to where i usually see Psycho and i have not seen him since so i wonder if he has been eaten by the coyotes or just gone on a sabbatical. Potty however has become quite friendly and now comes to greet me at feeding times and i give her a little treat. Maybe be this is because she has no companion to relate to now . so i have mentioned to the people that brought the original ones that i would like to take some more for friends to potty.
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