Thursday, July 2, 2020

Two Buckets and a Bowl!

Today is hot and humid and sticky and the yard needed mowing ... so that's what we did!  Hubby got the mower out and got started while I picked up debris, etc on the yard.  When I was through doing the yard prep, I grabbed a bucket and started harvesting from our raised beds, container pots and row garden.

In this bucket are several different varieties of peppers, cucumbers as well as different varieties of tomatoes.  The larger tomatoes will be used for canning, those cherry tomatoes are delicious for just popping in your mouth, the Marconi peppers (one variety in the bucket) will be used in making more salsa, the jalapeño peppers (another variety in the bucket) will be used to slice and can for pepper rings and finally there are some bell peppers in the bucket.  The bell peppers will be used to make stuffed peppers for the freezer.  The last pepper variety in the bucket is cayenne and I'll wash them up and add them to the ones drying in the greenhouse.

I took the bucket in the house and while there took two applesauce muffins from the freezer to thaw.   (I made the muffins from one of our recent Working Pantry Boot Camp challenges.)  I was beginning to feel the need for some additional fuel in the form of nourishment and these muffins would be thawed and ready when I came back inside next time.

In bucket number 2 are more bell peppers in the bottom, blue potatoes and more cucumbers.  I'll be making sweet pickle relish and canning pickles with the cucumbers I harvested today.

After harvesting bucket number 2 and bringing it inside, I was really starting to feel the need for that additional nourishment so I made myself a glass of tea, popped the two muffins in the microwave for a few seconds and enjoyed a mid-morning snack.

Then I headed back outside ...

I grabbed this huge bowl and filled it with 4 heads of cabbage.  I've really got to get busy and finish the cabbage as the heat, humidity and rain are starting to affect them.  I'll shred and dehydrate these (For those who have asked how I do this, I'll be snapping pictures of the process as I go along and do a blog post.)

We are in the dog days of summer, harvesting and food preservation and I'm in my element ... meaning that I love it!  With all the harvesting we're doing, I've got some containers, raised beds and garden space opening up so it's time to start thinking about fall planting!

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  1. Whew! You have been busy! I have been harvesting daily also. This past two weeks have been mostly green beans. I froze 49 quarts last week and 36 quarts on Monday. I could barely move that night, but it was good to know they are done. I think we will have about two more pickings from our bushes. The tomatoes and peppers are coming in slow. The squash and cucumbers are taking over and I can't keep ahead of them. :)

    1. MamaHen you've been busy too! It is a busy but satisfying work!

  2. Wow, your veggies look so good.
    I'm glad you are having a bountiful harvest after all the work and preparation. Enjoy the fruits of your labor.

    1. Kathy, thank you! Yes, our hard work is paying off and I'm so thankful!

  3. Nice harvest, Patsy. We're behind you for our growing season, so your updates get me excited about what will start producing soon in our garden!

    This week the shelling peas are finally ripe enough to pick. It won't be enough to preserve, but I've collected a nice amount for fresh eating. I made a pea salad with some of them. First time trying that. DD really enjoyed it! The recipe called for frozen peas and it's super cheap to make, so I think I'll make some up this winter too. I've been trying a few new recipes using ingredients we commonly have in hand, all with great success. Always nice to add something new to our meal options

    1. Rhonda, I'm trying to do the same thing with ingredients we have on hand. I think it's just wise and prudent all the time, but especially now with food shortages still going on.


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