August 18, 2017
When you have to go to work and you run the homestead alone things can become hard, more times than not, but after getting knocked down time and time again I am back up.
I finally bought the equipment I need to get things back under control, everything I owned quit. That is usually how things happen all at once, makes a woman want to give up that is for sure. But that is not me, I may get down about it for a day and then I get to thinking about how to resolve the problem.
When I got a rider going and I got the main living area cleaned I then had time to tackle the five foot tall grass with the push mower. The lower section of the first field was where I began, I got a good 20 x 20 section cleared on Thursday and I will work on this area till I get it cleared because this is where I will most likely plant the fall greens.
Although I do not have many okra plants I am getting several quarts a week now, this week I picked four quarts we ate two and I froze two for the Winter months.
The cucumbers are coming on pretty good I actually got enough in one week to home can a case of Dill pickles. I only have a small section of plants but I am happy with the amount they are providing.
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My sweet bell peppers are not growing as fast as I would like and I am managing to get enough to keep me from buying so I guess that is a good thing.
Those sweet banana peppers and the jalapeno peppers are making a few but nothing to brag about.
The new tomato plants that were put in the ground a few weeks ago have baby tomatoes, the plants are so little.
Last week I picked more sage leaves and laid them on the drying rack I use, its actually a cookie cooling rack.
The spearmint is about to bloom so I will be doing a massive picking the coming week and I think I will hang it to dry.
Next week on the list as well is picking blackberry leaves, I use these to make tea or add it to green or black tea for a flavor.
The Basil is very slow growing and I plan to separate and pot up plants for the inside of the house so I will always have fresh when I want, I do love this herb so I use it more.
I am new at growing Ginger and the stalks are dying so I will have to do research on how to harvest the ginger.
My first try at growing sunflowers for the seeds. For the most part I got two huge flowers that made seeds, the rest were smaller with few seeds. I waited till the first head and stem was turning yellow and I could see the seeds were plump and striped before I cut it. This is my first so I am hanging it to finish drying inside since we have a rainy year and I do not want it mold. The next one I will wait a little longer to cut.
Wednesday on the way home I stopped by the co-op and bought a couple dollars worth of kale, collards and turnip green seeds. I usually like these in the ground in September.
Its a live and learn world I am in.
What are you harvesting at your home stead?
By Andria Perry
Photos By Andria Perry