I always say that weeding is 90% of gardening. Right now, things are finally coming on in the garden. Part of the lateness of stuff is because we got things in the ground late–the other part is that so much rain means there isn’t much sun to encourage ripening.
So right now Rundy’s corn, summer squash and cucumbers are starting to come on. This year, he planted so many cucumbers that I have to make pickles every other day to keep up with it–to no one’s complaint, except maybe mine. We love pickles, and would probably eat a whole batch (7 pints) in one day, except that I ask people to make it take longer than that. Making pickles isn’t a complaint either– except that it takes 4 hours, which isn’t exactly a small chunk of time. The only part I really don’t like (and maybe takes the longest) is finding and washing all the jars, rings, and lids. If I could just get somebody else to do that part, it would be practically painless.
We also have (my) tomatoes starting to come on, as well as broccoli. Then there are my 78 basil plants I grew—I’ve been making pesto like crazy! I was going to say “Until it comes out of my ears” but the frustrating thing about pesto is that you get only about 25% as much pesto as you have basil. So the basil is coming out of my ears but not the pesto.
I also have potatoes, and leeks, and flowers. And weeds. Lots of weeds. And swiss chard, but in my opinion that practically counts as a weed anyhow.
Then there are the berries–blue and black, mostly. So far we’ve picked enough blackberries to make more than 20 pies. It is definitely time for me to start making jam! The freezer’s getting full! As an added bonus, the apple trees are doing spectacularly, so we’ll probably be making quarts upon quarts of applesauce, and probably a lot of apple pie too.