Wow did last week fly by! I know this week, getting ready for school and our party, will go just as fast! I spent all morning today working on school stuff: syllabi, website, summer reading test, activities. I still have to finalize and burn CD’s for my AP students (to save paper handouts) and go in to photocopy what I need to have on paper. I’m taking a little timeout to post a couple of updates on my garden-related challenges.
- nothing this week
- yellow squash
- crookneck squash
- sugar pumpkins
- butternut squash
- spaghetti squash
- Froze: peach pie filling, peach raspberry pie filling, raspberries, peaches, blueberries
- Canned: peach pie filling, peach raspberry preserves
- cleaned out the pumpkin, squash and cucumber plants that were decimated by bugs, to get ready for a fall planting
Cook something new.
Manage your reserves.
- organized the freezer, again, after I messed it up to make room to freeze berries
- continue to recycle, compost, carry reusable bags, and limit packaging
Work on local food systems.
- groceries from my family’s farm market
- visited the Durham Farmer’s Market
Learn a new skill.
- How to freeze pie filling in a pie pan
Yesterday afternoon, Ed and I got to work doing what we’ve been talking about for a couple of weeks now, ripping out one whole side of our garden. We harvest everything we could before we removed the bug-ravaged vines. We got 7 sugar pumpkins, all in the process of turning orange, 4 spaghetti squash, and 2 small butternut squash, which are sitting on our deck right now in the sun, ripening up. As we were picking the pumpkins, it seemed like time goes so fast, and we just couldn’t believe these grew so quickly. It feels like we just planted the seeds. Ed’s going to bring home his dad’s small rototiller today, and this week I’ll get to work planting spinach, broccoli, turnips, and more lettuce. Anybody have any advice on what will grow well in fall/winter in New England? We’re talking about building a cold frame eventually, and the thought of having our own lettuce all winter is just great! Our tomatoes continue to ripen little by little, and there are still very many green ones, so we’ll hopefully have them well into September, barring an unusual frost. I have to say that even with the trials and tribulations and droughts and bugs, I’m so happy that we put in our veggie garden. The sunflowers are so beautiful and healthy, towering over the little garden, and they make me smile every time I look at them.