2017 Harvest



Tuesday, August 28, 2012

garden in august


This summer we had too much heat and it's starting to show all around the garden. Everything is giving less fruits.



Only thing that was really good were potatoes. I've got out the last 4 rows and placed them in our basement.


Also I picked beans. This year there are only a few of them.


I've picked 2 rows of them and got 1 kilo of clean beans.


The ones we placed on the net gave us, well nothing.


We have 2 nets of beans and on one of them beans have just started and by now we should have picked at least 5 kilos.


On the other one there is nothing. Only leaves.


There is only one thing that looks good now. Peppers


Yes, those little peppers that looked awful before are now big and strong.


I guess mulching and watering helped.


In the front yard things are as bad as in the garden.
Grass doesn't exist. Everything is dry.


We have a lot of flower seedlings for next year and we can't plant them


There is no way to plant them in this concrete. Guess we will have to beg for the rain to do something inside the garden.







Thursday, August 16, 2012

plum jam

Past few days were busy. It was the time to harvest plums. We have only 2 plum trees but we got around 30 kilos (1058 oz.) of plums from them. First 10 kilos we used for cakes and eating and other 20 for jam.
As we don't have a bowl big enough to cook all of them first we did only half 



The recipe for this plum jam is really simple
5 Kilos (176 oz) of plums 
1 kilo (35 oz.) of sugar
and then cook cook cook :)

Before you cook them clean all plums and remove the bad ones that have little worms in them 


Like I said before we have 2 different plum trees so We've cleaned them and cook them separately



There are 2 ways to cook plum jam. The usual one where you place them in a bowl and cook them


And the other way where you place them in the oven for cooking. If you hate the mess from cooking (plums can make a lot of mess) and don't mind scrubbing the baking pan, cooking in the oven is a good way to do it.


Both ways are the same. Cook them for 2 or 3 hours ( depends of the size of the plums)

When they are nearly done you can mix them to get rid of the big fruit parts (we don't do that)



If you are cooking in the bowl just add sugar and if you are cooking in the baking pan place the jam in the bowl and then add sugar. You can add sugar to the baking pan but it can be really hard to wash it later and it will be more difficult to fill the jars.
Cook the jam till you think it's enough. You can also add 1 bag of dry pectin if you want but if the plums are good there is no need for it.


 
Wash the jars and sterilize them 30 minutes on 100°C (212F)

Fill the hot jars with hot jam 


When you filled and closed the jars place them in the oven and leave them inside for 30 minutes (100°C). This way plum jam will be good for at least 2 years ( if you don't eat it before)


I wanted to take a nice photo of the jam when it's done but Nero decided he should be in every photo I take so here it is plum jam and Nero ☺



Even he thinks it smells good when it's done ☺


Thursday, August 2, 2012

weeds weeds and more weeds

Yesterday was the first day after a week I managed to get in the garden. There was a lot of rain last week so now plants are growing like crazy..but that's not all that grows...Weeds grow everywhere.

I wouldn't mind normal weeds but this year we have some crazy weird grass growing all around the garden




the worst part is that this grass has roots that go all the way to China. I can't get them out with hands. So there is nothing to do but to dig them out. It took me 4 hours just to clean all the paths in the garden. I didn't even touch the ones between plants. I was to afraid that I would pull out plants together with the grass.

In the end the only good thing was I had a bunch of grass for the bunnies :)


While I was digging I realized something. Scientists are talking about how ladybugs are disappearing from "don't know what's it's name island" they aren't disappearing. They just moved in my garden. It's unbelievable how many ladybugs we have this year


They even walk on me while doing woohoo :) ( yes I know to much Sims is damaging my brain )


After the rain I was finally able to get some potatoes from the last 2 rows. The soil there was like concrete till now so I went to get it before it turns to concrete again.

I've got a basket of nice big potatoes..I don't know how many there are I was too tired to weight them


Also I got a few of the smaller ones


And one that has a funny shape



While I was in the garden I also decided to get out all the parsnip


Beets

 2 Watermelons


And as always tomatoes and cucumbers


There is still a lot of work in the garden but it was getting too hot to do it ..33°C (91F) at 12:00


All the time I was in the garden I had my little helper with me...watching my every move