Monday, August 24, 2015

I'm whining?

 This is the last 5# of rhubarb for the season.  I caught it just in time as a dozen or so stems were too spongy to do anything with. September has an R in it after all.   Indica wants to use it to make more crisp, but we have plenty in the freezer for that.  No this one is going to be wine.

Through Pintrest I found this recipe

So here is all the rhubarb, sliced thin and covered with sugar.

I hope this is successful, but I won't know for 7 months or so.

8/28/15 UPDATE:  Today the whole kit and caboodle was composted.  Chris showed me what he thought was white mold and in hindsight I think was (what?  wild yeast?  starch?).  Take two next year.

Sunday, August 23, 2015

She put out! And by she I mean the garden

 I feel like such a player right now.

I was off early so I decided the garden needed weeding before we put it to bed.

My relationship with our garden has consisted of me stopping by every couple weeks.  "Hey baby, do you have any jalapenos (cucumbers, basil whatever)  I find one and assure it I will stop by on my day off "We'll do some weeding, some watering,  it will be fun."

A couple weeks would pass.

"Hey baby, you got any potatoes?  Of course I'll see you this weekend."

I thought it stopped producing out of spite.  And really, who could blame it.

Armenian cucumbers, Homemade pickle cucumbers, Stupice, Gold Medal, Roma and Hungarian heart Tomatoes, Burgundy Okra, Red noodle beans

But today the tomatoes.  The tomatoes that have been hanging fully grown and green for the last 3 weeks ripened.  Enough red noodle beans for a side of vegetable.  2 okra off the one plant that made it. Cucumbers destined to be Tumeric Garlic Dill.

I'll go to the garden over the week.  I swear.

Friday, August 21, 2015

This is the end

So save for Cucumbers - I officially call the 2015 season closed.

If we had to survive on what we grew, we would starve.

It is our own fault, not going into weed in the early morning and late evening.

Skipping weeding, and watering.

Granted, Chris and I have both been under the weather for most of the summer.

But I'm glad we won't starve.

Sunday, August 2, 2015


I've been reading a lot of farm blogs lately, while the sun is hot and I can't bring myself to go outside.  There is one thing that frustrates me about these gems of information.

They end.

No warning,  I'm happily reading about how a family of four got into raising goats from 2011.  I move forward in the blog to learn more.

There is no more.

I would like to say I have been too busy doing to write about it, but I really haven't.  The 2 hailstorms in the beginning of this years growing season took the wind out of our sails, as did May's continuous rain.  We were thrilled to have so much moisture, but didn't feel like planting in it.

So this year there are no squash or melons.  But bush beans are producing and we got our first tomatoes (Rutgers)  And we have onions for the first time.

I will take pictures soon.