Our weather has varied from outstanding sunshine, to drizzly and foggy, to pouring rain this week. I didn’t spend too much time in the garden. I think its getting to that time mid-season where I get kinda burned out in the garden and let my weeding and keeping up with things slip. The weather turns rainy and I don’t want to go outside. I can’t let that happen this year though – we have a goal to meet! Guess I’ll have to get out the raingear and get outside anyway as rainy days are in the forecast for the next few weeks.
This week’s harvest included 2 pounds of strawberries, 1.25 pounds of rhubarb, 1.75 pounds pickling cucumbers, one head of garlic, a couple carrots, and a zucchini. This brings our yearly total to just over 44 pounds. There are many cabbages ready to harvest, so you will see some of those in next week’s harvest for sure.
We hadn’t planned dinner one night and were making a throw-it-together, make-it-up-as-we-go dish. We ended up with sautéed onion and zucchini mixed with smoked salmon in a Jarlsberg cheese sauce over spaghetti noodles. Wow!! It was delish…
A couple of the pickling cucumbers (Homemade Pickles variety) had interesting shapes – like a gourd or squash. Skinny at one end and very large on the other. Maybe they didn’t get completely pollinated? Not sure…
Since I had pickling cucumbers to transform into dill pickles, I needed some garlic to add to the jars. Oh, yay, I get to go check on how our Killarney Red hardneck garlic is doing and lift one out!! I read not to pull them out by the plant, but instead lift them out of the ground to avoid bruising the bulb. I dug around the bottom of one of the plants a bit and found this beauty. On man, that is so cool and I am so happy!! We have garlic! The outer layers were not dry yet, so the rest will need to wait a couple weeks. This is the first time we have grown garlic and we are hooked. Will definitely be doing this again this fall.
We checked the strawberries every other day and picked 2 pounds. We enjoyed many fresh, but they seemed to be stacking up in the refrigerator toward the end of the week and I thought I *might* have enough to make some jam. Well, maybe not enough for straight strawberry, but we could mix it with rhubarb to stretch the berries. That sounded good! Add that to the To Do List for the weekend.
I spent Saturday at the Farmer’s Market selling my handmade soaps, so my canning projects were accomplished on Sunday. A friend came over to learn how to can, so we made dill pickles and strawberry rhubarb jam. So fun to introduce someone new to canning!