Garden Update 8/2

I may be writing this post today but most of these pictures are from last weekend. Not much as been happening. I’ve been daydreaming about what I want to plant next, but I haven’t planted anything yet. I did pick up some tomato plants on sale last weekend (along with some parsley and dill), so we can perhaps extend our harvest. Mom froze some tomatoes last week. It’s nice to have a small stock pile of things in our freezer for use in the winter.

Our cat peed on one of the watermelon seedlings, destroying it. It looks like two others have simply disappeared. So we aren’t doing to well in that aspect.

The plum/white peach jam that I made is delicious. I was able to cook and can one pint jar, just like I had told myself I would. I didn’t use pectin and I used a lot less sugar than most recipes call for but I really think that my method brings out the true fruit taste. I’ll post the recipe a bit later. My stevia extract is done. I just need to slightly cook it to get rid of the vodka smell (bleh). I purchased some amber colored dropped bottle from Mountain Rose Herbs (along with some sweet almond oil for another project) to store the various extracts I will create.

I read ‘The Fault In Our Stars’ this past week. Thankfully the book did not leave me as emotionally ruined as the movie did, but I’m not sure if that was a result of already knowing what happens or not. The book is a fabulous read though and I highly recommend it.

Lifting up the potato tower
Mom and I finally decided to harvest our potatoes this week. We harvested them a little late according to the season around here, but better late than never. Here is mom lifting up the potato tower.
I spy with my little eye... round nuggets of potato gold!
I spy with my little eye… round nuggets of potato gold!
There are probably plenty of potatoes out there that we didn't find but this is what we gathered. It was a fun little experiment. Will we do it again? We might do just one potato tower next year. My grandfather gives us a constant supply of potato during the summer months, so we really don't need to grow our own.
There are probably plenty of potatoes out there that we didn’t find but this is what we gathered. It was a fun little experiment. Will we do it again? We might do just one potato tower next year. My grandfather gives us a constant supply of potato during the summer months, so we really don’t need to grow our own.
End of the week harvest - cucumbers, tomatoes, squash (we had plenty of green bell peppers to be picked but left them up there).
End of the week harvest – cucumbers, tomatoes, squash (we had plenty of green bell peppers to be picked but left them up there).
This is the second year in a row that we've opened up a green pepper to see a happy little face looking back at us.
This is the second year in a row that we’ve opened up a green pepper to see a happy little face looking back at us.
Green bell peppers, jalapenos, tomatoes
Another harvest – green bell peppers, jalapenos, tomatoes – this was taken at the end of the week.
Mom is coring the jalapenos and green bell peppers for storage in the freezer - the jalapeno fumes really got to her this time.
Mom is coring the jalapenos and green bell peppers for storage in the freezer – the jalapeno fumes really got to her this time.
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