More preserving done yesterday. Another bountiful picking of shell peas that are now tucked into the freezer to join the first ones put by a couple of days ago.
I also got another dehydrator full of mint processed. Seems the mint isn't growing back as quickly (after I make a harvest) this year as it usually does so I'm not sure I'll reach the same quantity I got last year. There's still a lot of growing and harvesting time left for it though so I won't panic yet.
I dump a couple of trays of the dried mint leaves onto a sheet of wax paper and use the heels of my hands to crush it up a bit. Then it goes into 1/2 gallon jars with a canning lid for storage.
I'm fairly sure there will be a good quantity of beans to harvest and process today. They're an easy vegetable for me to grow, pick and process, and I always have more than enough for a year's supply. Yesterday I got word of someone whose beans didn't germinate this year and who would be happy to take any of my surplus. If the crop this year is anything like it normally is I'll have an overflow amount to send her. She also said she'll take any and all zucchinis I have. What a deal!
These are my bush sunflowers, a new variety I tried this year. Although I didn't get good germination from the seeds I planted, the plants surviving do look robust, although not as "bushy" as I had thought they would be. I can hardly wait to see what the flowers look like.
So, so close to having slicing cukes big enough to harvest!
The green peppers are coming along nicely, too.
Our honey bees are working the pie pumpkin blossoms like . . . well, busy little bees this morning.
Okay, time for me to get on with the day. "Tis the time of year when the garden can't be ignored, not even for a day. And for that I'm very, very thankful!
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