Well, it’s swimming-in-harvest time here at AOC. Usually this amount of produce happens at the end of September, so my preserving clock is all out of whack. I’ve been throwing a lot of the tomatoes directly in the freezer for sauce making and canning when I have more time and concentrating on the things that need fresh tomatoes like my favorite canned salsa, canned diced tomatoes, dried tomatoes and canned bruschetta.
The peppers are being eaten, added to Roasted Tomato Sauce, and diced and frozen. I think I have enough cucumbers for one last batch of refrigerator garlic pickles. You can’t see the zucchini, but we have lots of that, too, as well as broccoli and tons of basil.
The potatoes pictured bottom-center? That’s our entire harvest after the voles killed the lush vines and ate most of what did manage to grow.
It’s so bad that I’m keeping a few that have only a couple teeth marks, which I’ll just cut off. If I threw out all they touched, I’d be left with only a handful.
This is the last year I’m growing potatoes if we can’t get a handle on the voles – I’m not going to all that work just to feed them anymore. The beds we grow the corn and potatoes in are not raised enough to be able to line with hardware cloth like we did with our 10-inch raised beds a few years ago, so we have to come up with another option or it’s no potatoes for us.
We’ve also harvested plums and are drying them for our favorite autumn snack, Not Your Mother’s Dried Plums. My kids love these so much that when my friend called to say the plums were ripe and wouldn’t last another week and I was really busy, they went with me to pick them so it wouldn’t take so long. And then they cut them and started them in the dehydrator.
Did I mention they’re high school and college aged kids who picked plums and put them in the food dryer? Yeah, they’re that good. Get thee Italian Plums if you can!
If you follow me on Instagram, you might’ve seen this sad picture I posted yesterday. We woke up to the sound of saws and brush hogs in our neighbor’s woodlot that borders our property along the side where our house and yard are located. We’ve enjoyed the ‘forest’ view and the privacy for the nine years we’ve lived here. Sadly, by afternoon, this is the view we were left with over our backyard fence instead of the wall of green we enjoyed before.
I never felt the need for window coverings in our dining room before since we couldn’t see any houses or windows. I guess I have to start thinking of them now.
I know it is their property, but please talk to your neighbors before doing anything drastic like this! Our neighbors did not and probably didn’t even realize that they would be leaving this view for us. Talking with us and leaving a few more branches near the fence would’ve gone a long way to neighbor-friendliness.
On a happier note – what’s happening in your garden world?