I hope you all had an enjoyable Fourth of July. Happy Birthday America. Another 16 years, and our country will be 250 years old.
Henrietta is finished with her molt and is laying again, so we don’t have to be so stingy in our use of eggs. Henny Penny is still breaking her eggs. The shells are just too thin. I’ve upped the amount of oyster shell and limestone that I give the hens, but it isn’t helping her. She seems to be molting too, so I’m hoping that this is a temporary problem. Who knew that keeping chickens would be so challenging?
Summer is in full swing and my garden is finally producing. But a baby opossum came to visit last night and raided my nectarine tree. I saw the critter and was surprised that something so little could have done so much damage. The tree was loaded with fruit and the little critter broke a couple of branches. Maybe the rest of its family came with it and I just didn’t see them. I’ll set the live trap tonight and see if I can catch it/them. But the critters are leaving me some food too.
I harvested the first parsnips I’ve ever grown, both of them, and the one carrot in that area that survived the marauding opossum and raccoon of earlier this year. I roasted them along with a whole chicken, some potatoes, onions, and chopped red chard stems, and a cup of white wine, with a little sea salt and thyme for seasoning. I used Heller Vineyards organic chenin blanc. The chicken and vegetables were delicious! The parsnips had a delightful sweet taste like carrots, with a texture between that of carrots and potatoes. Why don’t Americans eat more parsnips? They’re delicious!
A fellow gardener gave me some dill just when my first batch of Tendergreen cucumbers was ready to harvest. The cukes looked the perfect size for dill pickles, so I made my first-ever batch of dill pickles. Usually I make sweet pickles, no dill. Two more days in the refrigerator, and they’ll be ready to eat. Today I’m going to make a batch of pesto from basil that another gardening friend gave me. Summer is such an exciting time in the garden, so much abundance.
Here’s my harvest for the past week, ending July 4.
0.5 oz Blackberries
2 oz. Blueberries
1 lb 5 oz. Nectarine, Panamint
12.5 oz. Nectarine, Snow Queen (entire crop)
6 oz. Peach, August Pride (last of crop)
Subtotal 3 lbs 6 oz. (42 oz.) fruit
1 lb 2 oz Artichokes (3, last of the harvest)
3 oz. Carrot, Danvers half long (1 carrot, entire crop)
1 lb 1.5 oz. Cucumber, Tendergreen (5 cukes)
8 oz. Eggplant, Millionaire (3)
0.5 oz. Lavender
1 lb. 3 oz. Parsnip, Hollow Crown (2 parsnips, entire crop)
3 oz. Squash, Patty Pan
5 oz. Tomato, Early Girl
Subtotal 4 lbs 10 oz. (74 oz.) Vegetables
TOTAL 7 lbs 4 oz. (116 oz.) PRODUCE, plus 11 eggs
This is the best week of the year so far. I’m really enjoying tracking my harvest this way. I had no idea I was growing this much food.
If you had a harvest, visit Daphne’s Dandelions and post your results.