**Sorry the TGP is up late, the scheduled post failed to go out…sigh.**
Happy Tuesday Garden Party! There are two things I’m excited to share with you all – first, my harvest from Saturday:
Those are three kinds of peas – and we’ve got heaps of them! Snap peas, snow peas, and English peas that we need to pick out of their pods – plus a bouquet of sweet peas to fill the house with their lovely fragrance. The lettuce keeps on giving, though our current heat wave (93 degrees – hot for us here) is testing them and they’re starting to go to seed.
We’ve also been harvesting lots of blueberries, boysenberries, and the first of our delicious Marionberries. Next time I plant blackberries, I’ll only plant Marionberries – I can’t get enough of them, they are so good!
I also wanted to share with you this new graphic I made for my yearly preserving totals page.
You might notice in the sidebar that I’ve started the 2013 preserving totals list and the old list has disappeared – however, you can always find the previous years lists by visiting the Past Preserving Totals page, which now includes this graphic.
Why might you want to visit? Well, they are lists of what I’ve made with links to any of the items that have recipes to go with them and is what our family of four tries to put away each year to keep us in home-grown good food through the rest of the year. This may be of help in determining what your own list of foods to put away for your families.
You can, of course, find canning, drying, and freezing how-tos and recipes in the recipe gallery’s Preserving section as well, but this might be another inspiration for you to see all that you can accomplish through the growing season. I want to encourage you with the fact that most of my canning or ‘putting away’ is done in small batches as I harvest so I rarely set aside huge amounts of time for marathon canning or freezing sessions. Occasionally, yes (tomatoes comes to mind…), but it’s not how I work normally.
So, what are you all harvesting now? I hear there’s corn in the mid-west, but we’re still waiting for ‘knee high by Forth of July’ here so corn is still a ways off for us. Link up and share your gardening goodness!