Doesn't seem fair. Nope, doesn't seem fair at all that we continue to get so much rain while there are those of you in other parts of the country that would love to have about two solid weeks of our wet weather.
We had rain overnight which continued most of this morning. Happily it cleared up this afternoon, and we even had some sunshine. It was late afternoon before things dried out enough in the garden for me to venture out there. I currently have a list here on my desk of 15 things (no foolin') I need to do in the garden. Even though I ended up with gardening shoes caked with mud (I was suddenly much taller), I did get the pea vines pulled out and the cattle panel supports taken down.
Tomorrow and the next three days are supposed to be sunny (wa-HOO!) so I'm eager to get a lot done in the way of more harvesting and clean-up in that time.
I was able to get only 27 servings of green beans off the plants this year before they succumbed to mold. (Just too, too much rain and not near enough sun.) Last year I put up 43 servings which is closer to what I aim for. But I have more than enough yellow beans put by so, fear not, there will be no bean shortage in our house this winter.
Our blueberry bushes are prolific this year, and we already have more squirreled away in the freezer than we've ever had before. We've given some away and are eating lots fresh along with the ones I've used in baking. For some reason, I've just craved blueberry anything (!) as a baked goodie this season. Our daughter isn't terribly fond of blueberries (where did we go wrong in raising her?) and when I offered her a slice of blueberry pie for about the fourth time this season, she asked if I couldn't please make some other kind of pie.
As we speak, I have a pan of Blueberry Buckle in the oven. It smells heavenly and I just know my better half will insist on having it for breakfast tomorrow morning. 'Sokay, that makes an easy breakfast meal for me!
I dehydrated a really big batch of parsley (it was almost too much to do at once between the washing and de-stemming before even getting it in the dehydrator -- took me three and a half hours by actual count) late yesterday. It wasn't quite finished last night so I had to give it another hour or so today before packing it in jars.
Now it's tucked away on the pantry shelf. With luck, this last batch added to the previous amounts dried will be enough until next spring.
Well, let's hope that we get our three days of sunshine and those of you needing moisture so badly get three days of rain. If only it would/could work out that way . . .
The Homestead at the End of June
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