I have to say that I was disappointed with all those peaches, most of them had worms so I got one batch of Cinnamon peaches before I gave up, I was working myself down for nothing. Four half pints was it.
I moved on to the next project for the night and that was Spearmint jelly. I still had enough of the juice left to make one more batch so while Tony was out I made it, seems that the smell bothers his COPD. I got seven half pints.
And last was the figs, I made them two ways because sometimes I want figs for a dish and not full of sugar as they are for preserves. I canned four pints whole figs in light syrup and then I made twelve more half pints of fig jam with lemon zest.
For a total of 27 jars of home canned fruit/ jelly/ jam.
I do have to say I am happy that the newly planted yellow squash, They are getting bigger everyday.
The two large flower pots of cucumbers I have are now running and blooming! I miss having fresh cucumbers in my salads. I will have to make sure the pest don`t chow down on the plants.
I mentioned to Tony that I needed to get those few bushes cut down with the chainsaw so that I could get the greenhouse up and he said okay he would help me, since he does NOT want me to use any type of chainsaw. He added how Mr. Wright had his greenhouse with a double layer of plastic ( Mr. Wright was a friend and he owned several greenhouses, made a living selling plants). I do remember how my mother built hers and I would love to have it made like that one, and with a double layer of plastic.
I think I will have a couple weeks between cleaning the dead garden up and tilling it for the Fall planting of kale, turnip greens, collards and mixed greens. If its Gods will I will have another wonderful year of greens for me and everyone else.
I will continue to harvest herbs, sage and basil, leaves for infusions of healing plants.
I also need to finish the cleaning up around the garage and the small shed, A snake was killed less than 20 feet from my back door. I don`t want that to happen again. This is two years in a row I have had snakes that close to the house.
Nothing exciting on the homestead today so I will take a day to relax.
By Andria Perry
Photos by Andria Perry