We are into our third day in the rain, good steady warmish rain, by my count on our rain gauge we have had just over 4 inchs, excellent for the pastures, for the garden and for our shallow well! Thankfully the rain is coming off and on with nice temps in the low twenty’s, so its just down right a pleasure to be out in the gardens, other then the bugs, they are not just out in force, they think they are in overtime!
In the forest (that really needs to be trimmed!) that thinks itself a tomato patch, my big girls are starting to come in well now, most of them around this size, which really only fits one per hand, I have several hundred of these coming yet.. in the Roma’s which are doing very well, I would guess that I have about 500-600 green tomato’s coming at this time, with more blooms on the way, but I will start cutting them to force them to ripen the ones they already have.
In the mini department, they are crazy this year.. at least five feet high, and I must have at a min around a thousand or more of these little guys in different stages.. they are sweet like candy, dry stunningly well, so I should have a good number gallon jars worth of dried tomato’s put away for winter!
Got out to a girlfriends to do a little apple picking, I should have ideally gotten over last week, as they are really ready and dropping at this point and bruise easily while picked and put into the picking bucket, and I am guessing you will notice the difference between natural looking apples vs what store look like.. These are already being simmers on the stove, will be drained out and the apple juice will go to make a number of different products, including apple cinnamon pancake/waffle syrup etc. Have to gift a little jar or two back to the friends that let me pick their tree.
Having gotten caught up on the big cucumbers this past weekend, and having a number of jars of different relishes added to the cellar, the cucumber patch is doing very well.. time to make some pickles.. lots and lots of bread and butter one are on the menu!
I see that the first pickings of the Chokeberry’s are ready to be started and the first of the elderberries will be ready by the end of the week, the bush’s are being funky this year, I have some that are just in bloom, some just starting to form green berries, some filling out and some bushes already having fruit turning color, so it will be a prolonged harvest, the older bushes are at least a full month ahead of some of the newer younger bushes.
So, what are you harvesting these days out of the garden? What is giving a bumper crop this year so far? What is making your groan and give the plants the eye (for me its the new heritage pepper plants I have, I have YET to see a single pepper, the plants look healthy and are growing and filling their cages, and yet few flowers and no peppers) On the other hand the corn is filling out nicely and the scarlet runner beans are looking to be workhorses.