Well, here we are halfway through July…. The garden (and we) plug on. Here are some of the things we’ve been harvesting and processing.
First up, green beans (snaps) and Lincoln peas. We ate all the peas as they came in, but are canning & freezing our snaps in addition to eating them frequently. We have around 40 or so bush and pole plants combined and that is plenty to get us to next season. After all, you can pick a large bowl of them every 3rd day or so. Just started a couple dozen wax bean plants as well. Lincoln peas are done and have been pulled out of the ground. Either sugar snaps or Snow peas will take their place.
Next up, all of our peppers are turning and we are enjoying fresh salsa every day. In addition, we are pickling a lot – both sweet and hot peppers. Peppers are showing up on pizzas, in casseroles, and in salads!
Blueberries are done for the season with the song birds, chickens, squirrels, and rabbits polishing off the remaining berries. We ate and froze lots of fresh berries, processed lots of blueberry pie filling, blueberry pancake syrup, blueberry muffins and other things blueberry.
Then came the zucchini 🙂 In addition to zucchini stir-fry, zucchini fritters, and zucchini casseroles, we’ve had zucchini fries, zucchini muffins, zucchini breads, chocolate zucchini cake and more. Bags of grated zucchini, muffins, cakes, and breads have been frozen. We’ve given lots away and I think zucchini soup with hot Italian sausage is on the menu soon and most likely a lot of that will be canned for the winter.
A lot of our 1st kale crop was fortunately taken by our sisters and brother. One of our sisters likes to eat lots of kale salad. For us, we make a hot kale and bacon dish and then we tried kale chips. Yes, the trendy kale chip in our handy dehydrator. We hated them so out they went to the chickens. Our 2nd crop of various kales has been started.
Here is a lunch which came entirely from our yard. It doesn’t look great, but it tastes great. You can’t see the hot pepper vinegar splashed on it or the good stuff under the eggs and beets, but there is a lot of stuff in there.
We feel very spoiled, and yet, it is back-breaking work to make our garden good and productive, so even though we feel spoiled, we also feel our harvests are a blessed reward for us.
Last, but not least, we have started our next crop of broccoli, cabbages, kales, cilantro, radishes, beets, and perhaps more.
On a completely different note, we are finally going to the beach next week! And later we’ll go camping!