Today the canning job is new potatoes. With rain moving in the area O Wise One dug them yesterday afternoon for me, washed them off and they are waiting in the back sink. Canned new potatoes are such a useful food. They can be added to stews, green beans and soups, creamed with peas and onions or used for mashed potatoes. They can be cooked in a skillet with butter and fresh dill, or butter,parsley, garlic and then parmesan added.
If interested in canning potatoes you can find a tutorial for them and other vegetables under my canning recipe link above.
Other farm news the little yellow hen that was setting hatched yesterday. She is not done but she now has chicks peeping under there. The chicks in the incubator are also peeping this morning as they are hatching also.
Yesterday was a day of critters for the dogs. Riley dug a mole up first thing that morning, then Moxie caught a mouse and drug it around half the day and kept trying to give it to me. The big black snake that lives in the shed bit her the day before on the lip. The day before that Marlowe had caught a rabbit and did not eat it but played with it half the day until OWO took it away and disposed of it. Just typical farm dogs helping to keep the critters down. We have been watching
the corn extra close for coons. It is just starting to get small ears.
Yesterdays canning totals 5 pints dill relish, 3 quart bags frozen red beans, 1 quart frozen broccoli florets.
On the gardening front the next crops to pick should be cabbage and corn. We continue to periodically pick onions, peppers, green beans, horticulture beans, cucumbers, red beans squash and zucchini. We make squash bug raids every morning catching bugs and squishing eggs to keep the numbers as low as possible. When the rain moves through we will put a drop of oil at the end of the corn ears. The second patch of corn is also just beginning to tossle. The okra needs the bottom leaves removed which is one of OWO's jobs for the day along with treating the big dogs for tick control. The tomatoes continue to get larger but no ripe ones yet. The watermelon and cantaloupe are blooming to beat the band and we have both small watermelon and cantaloupe on the vine.
In between canning jobs I borrow Baby O's laptop long enough to update this blog and do a little computer shopping online. It seems to be a good time to be in the market for a computer because of the back to school sales on computers for kids going off to college.
Blessings from The Holler
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