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Around the House-
My one and only son Jon will be getting married in eleven days. I am hurrying to finish last minute decorations for the reception and I will be making a tier cake. Nervous and excited at the same time...
In the Garden-
Our garden has been amazing this summer. My best ever! I have been compiling an e-notebook about my garden that includes the name and location of every plant, my impressions about each plant's production and disease/pest problems and/or strengths. I have also compiled my ideas about the efficacy of new techniques we tried and a few experiments ie: growing giant pumpkins off the ground, a frame trellises, cold frames, and using black plastic row covers.
I have pulled out several plants that had lost their vigor due to age or hot temperatures. I mulched and lightly tilled those beds for my Fall & Winter gardens and have continued planting new Fall plants. I have also been collecting seed pods for next Spring's garden.
|Scarlet Red Runner Bean pods and seeds|
I have been trying to keep up with the garden, giving away alot more than I can, dehydrate, freeze or eat, I'm afraid. Tonight I made my own tomato sauce for the first time using my home grown garlic, onion, tomatoes, celery, and bell pepper. I just got it cooked down, thick enough to jar up for later. It tastes great. I am very excited about it.
|picture from earlier when it was still pretty wet|
I dehydrated a small batch of zucchini, carrots, yellow squash, eggplant, apricot, and potato with mixed results. Everything except the potato looks good, but the potato got kind of dark (after bathing in lemon juice). I have decided that I like dehydrating because it keeps well in jars or bags in a cupboard, doesn't require electricity to store like frozen goods, and it weighs much less than canned goods. I am going to try to learn how to dehydrate everything eventually. It's an efficient form of storage.
Odds n' Ends-
My husband and I are hopeless yard sale addicts. Last weekend, he surprised me with a lovely homemade quilt constructed from feedsack fabric dresden plates.
It's so pretty.
He also found me a book that I have wanted for a while now MaryJane's Outpost by MaryJane Butters of MaryJane's Farm.
Seeing is believing, and you can find so many goodies at yard sales. If you haven't attended a yard sale, please give it a try. We find so many practical, fun things for a fraction of their regular cost.
I have also been reading and enjoying the great links on the many homestead, homekeeping, and farmgirl hops when I have had free time. I get so much inspiration from these generous communities. I have learned so many new skills since stumbling upon my first homestead blog. My thanks go out to all of you bloggers that share your skills and hobbies with the rest of us. Have a great week.