Well it’s raining now but it started out as a bright sunny day so I thought I would finally get into the garden and clean up the beds. It’s been a couple months since I’ve been in the dirt, it feels so good. I pulled up the fall carrots I planted and weeded the garden and flower beds.
I planted bok choy in the fall and it’s doing amazing. I’m just not sure how to use it! Lol I’ve never had it before. I was thinking stir fry. I also cleaned up the shed and planted some peas in my start trays. My husband had a great idea when I told him I needed to organize my seeds. I have a door shoe rack that wasn’t being used. I was able to alphabetize my seeds and hang it up in the shed for easy access. Love it! My husband and son also took a little time to jump. Our oldest cat was digging the carrots we pulled up.
I haven’t posted in a couple weeks because I’ve been busy working at Schuh Farms and it’s been so much fun! I’ve learned lots of tid bits that I can apply to my own garden. I’ve been trying new produce too.
Today I harvested swiss chard, something I haven’t tried before but it’s up next. My son loves to come visit to get ice cream and watch The Wizard of Oz, something we have set up during October. At work I love to set up the produce tables, something that looks so lovely when it’s all done. And for October I’ve been working in the red shed on the weekends, helping people buy their pumpkins and all sorts of goodies. 🎃
Before I ran a bunch of errands I spent the morning in the kitchen. Last week my friend Justin gave me some pears. So today I canned them. It was so easy! Just make a simple syrup and warm up the pear slices and put them in the jars to can. Can’t wait to have those. After pears I started on dinner. I put a pot roast in the crock pot with carrots, garlic, onions, and potatoes all from the garden. I am cooking it on low for 8 hours. It smells so good in my house right now!
After my running around I came home and planted garlic. I planted 6 heads this year, I tripled the amount over what I did last year. Love me some garlic!
Tonight I decided it was time to do something with all my tomatoes. I filled a 5 gallon bucket with all the ripe ones. My husband and I made roasted and smoked tomato sauce. I had pans of tomatoes roasting in the oven, one on the grill, another on the smoker, and the leftover ones in a pot on the stove. I combined a few recipes but it was pretty simple. Onion, garlic, bay, oregano, and basil. I have never made sauce before but I was surprised that I only got 5 quarts out of about 20 pounds of tomatoes. I guess next year I will double the amount of tomato plants. But it turned out great. We had the leftover sauce with dinner, dipped focaccia bread in it. So goood!
Yesterday I got about 7 pounds of italian plums from my friend. So today I made plum bbq sauce.
Today is also my husband’s birthday and he wanted ribs, so it was a perfect match. The recipe was really simple, I just adapted it for plums instead of peaches. I let it cook down for about 2 hours, then another hour on the smoker to add some smoky flavor. It turned out so good!! I also have had a bunch of dill leftover from making pickles, so it’s been in all my recipes this week. Today I made garlic dill potatoes and they are my new favorite way to make potatoes! I also harvested our lemon cucumbers and made a creamy salad with them, onions, and of course dill. What a great birthday dinner. For dessert we have cake pops. My son wanted chocolate and my husband wanted lemon, so I made both. Great day in the kitchen, hanging out with my loves ♥️
Today I cleaned up the beds to get ready for fall. I picked our pumpkins the other day and put those out on the front porch. But the pumpkin patch was a mess. So got that all cleaned up. Cleaned up the flower bed, removed the old sunflowers and staked up the dahlias. I even found a new Bloom that was hidden under dead sunflowers and I must say it’s my favorite one so far, it’s so pretty!
Today I also planted all my starts. This time around I am using worm castings for compost when planting my starts. In the strawberry bed I planted green onions, cilantro, dill, and lots of lettuce. In the other bed I planted dragon carrots (they’re red), bok choy, and green beans. Not too much for a harvest but I’ve never had a fall garden so we will see how it goes.
Today’s harvest was carrots from the garden. I also bought 12 pounds of cucumbers at Schuh Farms. I ran around to 4 different stores to find more canning jars. I finally found a store with some and I stocked up. Today I canned spicy dilly pickled carrots and spicy dill pickles. I even taught my husband how to can his own jar of pickles with one cucumber from the garden. All in all a good productive day.
Today was a mixture of little things. I moved my green beans up to bigger pots. They seemed to grow to be huge overnight. I soaked the beans the other day and they are big enough to transplant less than a week later.
My husband hung up my garden sign on the shed today. I have had this sign for years, coming with me from house to house and it’s finally in it’s place. I love it. Today’s harvest was just what I have been craving, salsa. It’s so good when it’s right out of the garden! Also from the garden, a new Dahlia variety bloomed today and it is beautiful.
I also went to a couple garage sales and found some treasures. I bought an air plant at Skagit Valley Gardens a couple weeks ago and found the cutest little holder for it. I love how it turned out. Air plants are so easy to maintain, just soak it in water for 5-10 minutes every one to two weeks. Another great find was a pair of wooden lawn chairs, only $10 for the set! I see lots of nights by the fire in those🔥 The last little thing I found was a cute poem. I think I’ll make some flower art with my son and display this poem next to it 🌼
Well it took 2 days but I’m finally done making apple pie filling. My mom helped me the other day and today I finished up. Total of 7 batches or 24 quarts, at 5 pounds a batch. And that is only HALF of my apple harvest! I gave about 30 pounds of apples away to friends. And I still have a drawer full in the fridge. I think I’ve processed about 75 pounds of apples between the apple pie filling and applesauce I’ve canned. I can’t imagine having more than 2 apple trees. But it’s been fun and it’s actually relaxing now that I have the rhythm down of how to can.
I also made some spicy dill pickles out of a couple cucumbers I harvested. I just added some garlic cloves and a jalapeno to the mix. Easy peasy 🥒
Yesterday I harvested our potatoes. I waited as long as I could, and it was set to rain so it was time. I guess that I harvested about 25 pounds. I made mashed potatoes last night with the yukon golds, so yummy! Now I just have to wait for them to cure before I store them for the winter.