-- I don't like summer's heat, but I sure do enjoy harvesting summer produce from my garden. This week I picked plenty of slicing tomatoes, the first yellow pear and mortgage lifter tomatoes, the first sweet pepper and bell pepper. It's time to harvest all the onions and let them dry. The herbs are growing well and I need to prune those as well.
|Yellow pear tomato. Notice those "gardener's fingernails".|
Why hadn't I used the food mill before? We bought it two years ago, but the clamp isn't wide enough for my formica counters. My dining table is even thicker than the countertop. This time I resorted to using a very wide board of the correct thickness (it was a shelf to a computer desk at one time), and setting it on the edge of the table. It wiggles and moves though, of course, and it would have been easier to use with another person to help. I felt rather like an octopus, trying to hold the contraption in place on the table, push down the berries into the hopper, and turn the handle, but I made it work.
-- The chickens love summer and canning season - they get all the trimmings and seeds and cantalope rinds and waste.
-- We are in the throes of the summer heat and humidity, but it didn't hit until the end of July, so I'm not complaining too much. I'm slowly working at refencing the back goat pen that goes out into the woods. I can only work for an hour or so in the morning before it gets too hot, so it's slow-going.
-- Next Wednesday I'll be guest-posting at Cultivate Nourishing's series called Homestead Kitchen Tours. Yes, I cleaned the kitchen for the occasion.
My hope is to inspire you, and to encourage your homesteading plans and your dreams of a