July to August , Summers Bounty

Been a real busy month on the Farm. We got a hold of 200 cedar trees on a special deal as a nursery wanted to get shut of the over stock they had so I planted some along the north fence line  . of course planting trees in July is not ideal but with such a good price, why not! Of course at this time of year you do need to put in irrigation for them too.

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Harvest has started happening with lots of beets, Rutabaga, and Carrots.

some of the harvest some of the harvest

 

I had seen a great deal on a large enameled pot in a local store ,  just  $35 I thought it would be great to use for our sauerkraut  as our demand for it has increased but it got its first try with making rutabaga sauerkraut , im sure this has a name of its own but I don’t know it so I call it turnipkraut . it was a very large batch.

the $35 pot finished turnip sauerkraut

 

With the Beets I canned them and pickled them and also pickled some of the rutabaga in a spicy recipe, they turned out nice.

canned beets spicy pickled rutabaga

 

Lots of carrots which we blanched and froze and of course the bees had been real busy and I got to test out the honey extractor which was great to have as we pulled about 60 pints of honey from one hive.

lots of carrots frame full of honey

 

Filtering the honey Honey

that’s all until next time.

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3 Responses to July to August , Summers Bounty

  1. Ben Teauge says:

    Honey looks great…. hope you left some for the bees to over winter… 🙂
    But, Im sure you are a good beekeeper!!

    • Simon says:

      Hi Ben, yes i put the extracted frames back in for them to clean up and they refilled two supers that will be winter honey. I have treated them with formic acid ready for wintering so in a few weeks they will be winter ready. The hive nearest the house had so many bees i could not reduce to one box, only two.

  2. Ben Teauge says:

    I think you are having too much fun up there… 🙂

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