Beau July 12th, 2008
Busy doings outside these days, with so much just growing and growing. We’ve been lucky to have rain almost every week, especially for the garden and the bees. I’ve heard this is one of the best years many beekeepers can remember in our area and that the “honeyflow” is nice and long from the rain and cooler weather.
We found a funny “double cucumber” in the garden the other day. Now how do you suppose it grew like this? It’s still in the fridge while I wonder what I can do with it. Maybe I could put it on ebay :)
And the blackberries have really started ripening, so we picked a couple quarts already. I’m just amazed- we haven’t had any berries the past couple of years, but with the bees this year there’s a bunch of wild berries in places I’d never seen before. Maybe it’s also the rain this year. But we need to pick some more soon! And anybody have a good blackberry pie recipe?
The green beans have done so well this year we’ve been putting up a bunch in the freezer. Time to pick more cucumbers now too, and maybe pickles soon? The garden is great but next year it needs to be bigger! I say that now, and we hardly keep up with it. I’m always amazed at how much room the plants can use though.
We dug up some potatoes for the first time and they were delicious. Never grew potatoes before, but it was pretty easy, and they didn’t take up too much room. I was surprised how fast the little guys grew.
Also had our first ear of home-grown corn yesterday. It wasn’t too big, but some critters had started munching the top so it was time to pick. It sure was tasty though!
Here’s our corn-growing Basset Hound. Oh wait! I’m told this is our CORN DOG! He’s really our garden dog, and likes to follow us around and hang out wherever we are. He’s the good ‘ole man of the place, going on 11 years now.
Of course it’s kind of hard to grow corn on top of the dog. But he likes the attention, especially getting watered on hot days.
We may have to find somewhere else to grow it next year though. There’s just not enough space!