We finally got some rain yesterday. Just a short summer shower but we will take what we can get right now. I had a productive Tuesday with quite a few jars to add to the pantry. All together I added 8 pint jars pickled beets, 5 pints sweet pickle relish, 6 quarts purple hull peas and 14 quarts of horticultural beans. Not bad for a days work!
We are waiting for a batch of chicken eggs to hopefully hatch any day now in the incubator. On the garden front the squash bugs have made an appearance and we have been going out every morning early and picking eggs and bugs off the plants.
We also planted fall crops of squash, zucchini and lettuce this week. O Wise One picked 3 five gallon buckets of green beans and took them to the produce man. With over 80 jars now in the pantry we just did not need them. The money made off the green beans should defray the cost of the small amount of seeds that we did purchase this year. The beans will be sold at the farmer's market in Kansas City.
We also picked 2 five gallon buckets of dill heads. The seeds are removed from the dried heads and used to flavor the upcoming pickles. Part of those seeds will be kept for planting next year. We also collected seed heads off the garlic chives.
Next on the canning list is chicken in jars, new potatoes, hamburger dills and dill relish. We are getting lots of cucumbers right now and with plenty of onions and dill on hand it has been perfect as far as timing for pickle making. The next crops should be red beans, cabbage and corn. We continue to pick side shoots off the broccoli and freeze as well .No ripe tomatoes yet but we have some nice ones out there on the bushes.
Our fall broccoli, cabbage and lettuce seedlings are growing fast now also. Soon we will begin hardening them off to plant out in the fall garden. But for now we concentrate on harvesting and canning those summer crops still in the field.
Blessings from The Holler
The Canned Quilter