Thursday, July 30, 2009
Sunday, July 26, 2009
Saturday, July 18, 2009
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
I don't know if it was all the rain that we had earlier in the springtime or what, but we seem to have a fungus moving through our garden. Started with the peas, hit the snap peas harder than the snow peas. Moved on to the beans, and now it is attacking the tomatoes. I just pulled out 4 plants. That makes me sad.
Contributing factor: heirloom plants? Last year the heirloom tomatoes were so much tastier than the hybrids that we planted, so I only planted heirlooms this year. I fear that this might have been a bad idea....
Much of the garden remains OK - so far no sign of trouble on the squash, pumpkins, watermelons, muskmelons, cucumbers, pole beans, potatoes, onions, lettuce, or corn... but the success of the garden is judged by the tomato crop in my mind. Keeping my fingers crossed. Any suggestions?
Monday, July 13, 2009
Tonight we canned one batch of blueberry jam and stacked a little bit of wood. We are experimenting with a different sort of progress - incremental successes instead of all day binges.
A few weeks ago we had an all-day canning effort which resulted in 40 delicious jars of fruity yumminess. Tonight, our half hour of jamming produced 6.5 jars. Instead of felling, cutting and stacking an entire tree, we've been devoting 20 minutes a night to splitting and stacking a tree we dropped this weekend. It is a different sort of work for us. I'm not exhausted, but I do feel a little less accomplished.
I don't have pictures of either of those projects, but I do have some recently accomplished sock knitting to show off. Bill is calling these his Chocolate Peanut Butter socks: