This has been a fairly typical summer Monday. Got our usual weekly laundry done and will glide through the ironing after dinner tonight.
Papa Pea got a really good start on the walkway off the new deck and work on the front foundation of our quasi-greenhouse. I call it our "quasi-greenhouse" because we've never used it for an actual greenhouse as we originally thought we would. It's permanent use/designation is still to be decided.
Our friend and lady carpenter, B, was here for a time to lend her expertise and suggestions on the construction and best way to tie things together.
This morning I picked a huge amount of edible podded peas. We've had many more than we can eat so I've been giving about every other picking of them away. I did freeze a lot last year, but wasn't pleased with the way they came out when cooked (limp) so I'm not going to do that again. Methinks I should make a note to myself to plant only half as many next year.
Our daughter has a friend who doesn't garden but loves zucchini, BIG zucchini, so I always let a couple/few get over-sized for her. These are three of the monsters that went to her today. That's my morning mugga caffeine in the picture for comparison. They added up to just under 25 pounds.
I ripped out some bolted spinach and lettuce and also some purple top turnips I had planted on a whim earlier this season. The turnip tops were gargantuan, but the biggest turnip was only about golf ball size. The problem was that the greens were taking over some peas on one side and kale on the other so into the bag they went with the rest of the excess greens for our daughter to take to her chickens. Our own chickens are so full of lush greenery this time of year that they run the other way when they see me coming with garden gleanings.
I harvested 6-1/2 cups of blueberries putting a little over a quart in the freezer and leaving the rest out for us to eat fresh. The bushes are loaded with tons of unripe berries. They've really just started coming in.
Also harvested another large and lovely cauliflower head which I blanced and put in the freezer. Only one more head left in the garden.
I knew I needed to strip lower leaves off the Brussels sprout plants for the second time so I attacked that, too.
I was glad I had only this one row to do and not a whole field of them!
This is a before shot . . .
. . . and after stripping off the leaves. Doesn't look like the same plant, does it? I'm thinking we're gonna have a really good Brussels sprout harvest this year.
About an hour ago, the wind came up and dark clouds blew in. It stormed buckets for about five minutes, and then was gone. But that brief deluge gave us 1/2" of rain in our gauge and was welcomed because the garden needed it. Papa Pea had just put away all his tools for the day before it happened. Great timing, I'd say.
Now I think I'll go find, Agnes, my maid and cook and see what she's planning for dinner.
Bats, berries and bounty
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