Tuesday, August 12, 2014

I'm Pedaling as Fast as I Can

But aren't we all at this time of year!?

One disadvantage (oh, let me count the ways) of our short growing season up here near the Arctic Circle is that nearly everything in the garden gets "ripe for the pickin'" at once.

Today I have shell peas, sugar snap peas, raspberries, blueberries and bush beans that are all yelling to be harvested and processed.  Forget about the beets, radishes, lettuce, cucumbers, herbs, cabbage and all sorts of salad greens that are getting away from me.

All of this to do besides the every day, usual stuff that seems to keep me occupied from dawn to dusk during the "down time" (ha!) of winter when I don't have the garden to consider.

We had gone several days without rain (somewhat of a miracle this summer) before getting another good soaking Sunday night/Monday morning.  Did I ever squeak by with getting the garlic harvested on Sunday while it was still dry!  Looks like it will be a really good crop, if it cures well.

Not complaining.  Lawdy, lawdy, this is what we work and plan for nearly all year.  Homegrown, nutritious, delicious food that's better than we can purchase anywhere else.  Just using the busyness as the reason (hoping to get an excused absence) that I've been a mighty poor blogger both in getting up posts and answering your (always appreciated) comments to me and making comments on your (always interesting) posts on your blogs.

Now I must run.  Need to take hubby a couple/few miles up the road to pick up one of the vehicles that needed work and is now back in good shape.  We hope.

See ya in the bean patch!

17 comments:

Susan said...

Right there with ya, sister! Glad you're getting a good harvest (all at once)...

Sparkless said...

Glad to hear your garden is producing and keeping you busy. All that healthy food and living, you're sure to live to be 100!

tpals said...

It's great that you're getting such bounty. I was afraid the rough spring would hurt your harvest badly.

Mark said...

Hang in there Mama Pea! For good or bad, harvest season doesn't last forever. We got a late start and are just coming into our harvest business. I pray our garden comes out as good as yours seems to have.

Kristina said...

Ha! Yep, busy, but not as much as you. I am starting to get more red tomatoes and more yellow squash (despite bugs).

Anonymous said...

Bbbbbut, see, all your readers who are also homesteaders (like ME) & have been out in the field or garden all day come in to sit after supper and catch up on all the blogs, only to find y'all are doing the same thing, lol. Glad you are having a good harvest, spring gardens are winding down here, fall planting starts this week!
Jan in NWGA

Lisa said...

I have the perfect solution. Next august when vegs are all ripe together I'll come stay with you and help harvest and put up. Great idea right? Vaca for me and help for you.

Mama Pea said...

Susan - But you do it, dear sister, at the same time you're working a full time job OFF the homestead!!

Mama Pea said...

Sparkless - Boy howdy, I'd BETTER live to be 100 'cause there are still a lot of things I want to do that I haven't been able to fit in yet! ;o)

Mama Pea said...

tpals - I know! I am still in shock that the garden has done so fantastically when everything looked so bleak this spring and early summer. Guess it's a good lesson in never giving up hope!

Mama Pea said...

Mark - I'm betting your harvest season will be just fine. You're in a good gardening part of the country!

Mama Pea said...

Kristina - Oh, to be able to grow tomaters! The only summer squash I grow is zucchini which is doing great. I'm getting ready to try fermenting some of it. I don't want to be pessimistic but I still don't think there's any way my winter squash or pumpkins will have a chance to make it this year. But we can live without those, that's for sure.

Mama Pea said...

Jan in NWGA - We've very thankful for all the harvest, even though it does come at once! It's just a matter of finding enough hours in the day, isn't it?

I never have much luck with fall planting because our first killing frost usually hits before those plants can amount to much. But, as usual, I did already put in some lettuce, salad greens and spinach hoping to get something from them.

Mama Pea said...

Lisa - That would be fine with me! But . . . then I'd have to return the favor to you by coming to your place to help out (oh, I mean have a vacation!) and I don't think I'd survive under your work load!!

Lisa said...

Nope it would be my pleasure to help. I would let you come here and see my messy place. I am not my mom that is for sure.

Sue said...

Though it's hard to deal with right now, oh how YUMMY all that good food is going to be in the dead of winter. Think of all the stews bubbling away on the stove made with all Mama food. Can't beat that . So shell, shuck, pluck, and chuck---it's all worth it!
After a two day deluge, it's going to be 72 and sunny here. The beans are DONE--so after blueberry picking , dear hubby and I are going for a LONG bike ride. Life is good...........

Mama Pea said...

Sue - And here I thought we both lived in Zone 4! My beans (just my yellow ones, green are behind) and blueberries are just almost not-quite nearly ready for a first picking . . . and your beans are done and you've been snarfing up blueberries for 6 months already! Not fair. Your bike ride sounds wonderful. Happy pedaling!