Harvesting has begun…

Aside from lettuces and herbs, and considering we planted late, we are finally starting to get a harvest from our garden. I also notices we have tomatoes starting to ripen and a few peppers that might be big enough to toss into tonight’s salad.

What are you harvesting?  What are you looking forward to?  Let me know!  Until next time – live simply and love abundantly!  Grace and peace…

Ann’Re
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Harvesting and Canning

2015Aug13RelishI am elbow deep in harvesting and preserving.  Doesn’t leave a lot of time for blogging.  Beans are almost finished, cucumbers are at their peak, and tomatoes are just starting.  Busy, busy busy.  I have carrots and green beans canned, and some in the freezer, I have four pounds of onions chopped and frozen…with much more to go.  Today I canned sweet pickle relish.  Tomorrow I’ll be doing pickled beets.  I also have a pork loin that needs to get canned.  But that is in the freezer right now and can wait until the harvest slows a bit.  Lettuce has bolted and I pulled most of it out.  I left a couple to go to seed.  I really should have done some staggered planting so we could always have a harvest of lettuce.  Now that the onions are almost done I’m planning to fill that area with a fall planting of spinach.

It is also homeschool planning season.  I need to decide what we are going to use this year, get it ordered and get the year planned out.  Eleventh grade…I can hardly believe that we are nearing the end.

And lastly, this is my birthday and our wedding anniversary season.  So we want to try and plan something big this year, maybe a short trip somewhere for our anniversary.  Usually for my birthday we go to the local art fair, but it didn’t work out this year.  There are a couple other art fairs coming up that we can check out, so all is not lost there.  But quite honestly, right now everything “fun” just seems like work and I really just want to go somewhere to do nothing and relax.  Maybe just sleep.  I just don’t have the energy for much more.

How are things where you are?  Are you doing any harvesting or preserving?  If you have a garden, do you do any fall planting?  Are you children back to school, or will they be going back to school soon?

I’m off to get some dishes done and get the chicken cut up for dinner.  Hubby is grilling it tonight, and fresh corn and fresh green beans to go along with it.  Yum!  Grace and peace!

Harvesting Herbs

2015June05oreganoOne of the things I love about gardening is having fresh herbs. They aren’t hard to grow, and many are perennials plant them once and let them grow!

When we moved into this house over 10 years ago, there was a big bunch of chives growing in the backyard already. Since then I’ve added oregano, savory, sage, lavender, thyme, peppermint, yarrow and lemon balm. Every year I plant parsley, and basil. Sometimes I plant chamomile and rosemary. Every year I have cilantro all over the garden that reseeds itself…it’s been several years since I planted it.

While most everything has done well, I have had my failures. My first year I successfully wiped out the oregano. Yeah, it is supposed to be hardy. Others that didn’t make it in past years are lavender, thyme, rosemary. I also learned that mint is horrible in a garden. It is terribly invasive. I moved it a while ago and I’m still pulling mint out of the herb garden. I also learned that you need to be careful when you let plants go to seed. Yep. While I don’t mind letting the cilantro reseed itself, mustard is taking over. I’ve decided that we don’t like it well enough to let it all go to seed.

2015June10oreganoLast week I harvested a big basket of oregano. I’m down to my last bit of dried oregano from last years garden. I bundled it and it is hanging to dry in my dining room. I also have some mint leaves drying on an old window screen. I personally like letting herbs dry this way as opposed to drying them in a dehydrator. It’s very frugal. As much as I like the dehydrator, it uses a lot of electricity. That I don’t like. Not very frugal. Not everything does well air drying, but most herbs do. Maybe at some point I’ll put together a make-shift solar dehydrator.

So, other than a bit of chives now and again, that is the first harvest of this season. Whee!

Luke 10:2 – And He said to them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest.”