Archive for August, 2009

Putting Up for the Winter

Mom and I canned 14 quarts of Suncrest peaches today. We got them from a lady at a fruit stand in Garfield, who gets them from Wapato.

Canned peaches

Canned peaches

We also froze 6 bags of green beans from the garden. The tomatoes are getting huge but are still green…

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¡Salsa!

We picked up the peppers and tomatoes for this salsa yesterday at the farmer’s market in Moscow.

Homemade salsa

Homemade salsa

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Look at These!

We have some absolutely gorgeous teddy bear sunflowers that are going to town!

It's fuzzy.... like wuzzy

It's fuzzy.... like wuzzy

We are also getting some beautiful veggies like onions, peppers and the purple potatoes now.

Onions, peppers, potatoes, oh my!

Onions, peppers, potatoes, oh my!

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Whole Lot O’ Corn

We harvested 49 ears of corn today, along with 8.5 lbs. of potatoes. We prepared and froze 5 quarts of the corn. We will be using some of the potatoes and Celesta’s beets to make borscht.

It has been cold and rainy the past week but tonight is mild and summer temperatures are to resume tomorrow. Now our baby lettuce, basil and carrots from our most recent planting can grow fast! We also trimmed the excess greenery off the tops of the tomato plants to expose the fruit to more sunlight. Hopefully they will start ripening up soon!

WOW! What a great looking... pile of corn.

WOW! What a great looking... pile of corn.

Jan likes potatoes

Jan likes potatoes

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We Don’t Have to Build a Chicken House…

…because Waverly is giving us their old chicken house! Their chickens stopped laying so he shot(!!!) them. Yes, you read that right. Anyway, this is a major boon for us because we really need one and we don’t have the time to build one. (Or haven’t, rather.)

Mom is making delicious chocolate zucchini cake (thumbs up!) and zucchini bread from the Baldwin cookbook.

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Rancid Yard Waste = Sad

BUMMER: Today we hauled a truck load of disgusting, decomposing, earwig-infested yard waste to the city compost, where we were forced to unload it next to a gigantic, stinking pile of manure.

In good news, Mom made AMAZING eggplant lasagna from Aunt Celesta’s eggplants! The corn is ripe and completely delicious; we have eaten a few ears. We also got a box of peaches from Wave and Amy who had picked at Greenbluff, north of Spokane. We made 12 pints of peach jam and 3.5 pints of peach butter!! Very good.

Peach jam

Peach jam

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Reuse

Mom and I leveled out an area in the back yard and seated an old, unused watering trough that Waverly gave us from his farm. We added dirt, compost and peat and intend to use it as a herb garden.

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