Author: peartreehillfarm

Filling the Pantry

Cool evenings and crisp mornings…there are hints of fall colors starting.  The change of seasons is becoming more evident with each passing day.

We’ve been working in the garden to clean out summer crops passed their prime while planting crops for over-wintering.  Crops in the works include: lettuces, radishes, turnips, beets, carrots, scallions, kales, collards, and even crazy things like cauliflower (may be too late but worth a try).

In the meantime, the last summer harvests have been processed in order to savor the tastes later on.  It is a bit of work, but there is a feeling of satisfaction when the pantry gets full.

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The results of a few weeks of canning.

Soon, I’ll get some beets and garlic pickled and restock our supply of hot pepper jelly.

What are you filling your pantry with?  Do you have a favorite canning recipe?

A fence within a fence

Our main growing area is protected from deer by a 8′ tall, extra heavy duty deer fencing.  The only downside to this deer fencing is that it is extra heavy duty plastic.

Rabbits have big, sharp, pointy teeth.

Snip snip.

Through the deer fencing they go.

It’s a super highway!

Do you know what makes it better?

Two large dogs.  Suddenly, a tiny rabbit-sized round hole becomes a Labrador-sized portal!

What this all means is:

  1. We’ve had no summer lettuces, greens, etc.
  2. We’ve planted no fall lettuces, greens, etc.

The remedy – a fence within a fence.  It finally happened today, with my Dad’s help.  The raised beds used for greens got enclosed in 1″ hex chicken wire fencing that is 4′ tall.  No, bunnies aren’t expected to jump THAT high, but if we’re working to keep them out, wouldn’t it be just a nice to keep the dogs out, too?  You bet.

A fence within a fence

Now, to get busy planting!!!!

Garden update

Hello friends.

The summer has sneaked up on us.  We enjoyed a brief respite, celebrating the 4th of July with friends and family.

Tomorrow, we return to market at the start of a summer heat wave.  The lettuces and I are wilting, but the summer fun crops are starting to make themselves known.

Beans!

Coming tomorrow to the Pulaski Market is one of our summer favorites – green beans!  Also making their debut – beets!  Coming soon – tomatoes, peppers and squashes.

We also will have other favorites: onions, turnips, radishes, kales, cabbages, herbs and more.  We hope to see you at the old train depot, downtown Pulaski (4-8).