Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Hibernation is over

Turns out, I'm a bit of a baby when it comes to excessive heat.  This is no secret to anyone that knows me, but I've finally admitted it to myself.  So, when the heat and humidity finally released it's hold on our area, I cautiously  made my way to the garden and raised beds and found that I had really neglected my produce picking recently.
I picked a huge basket of Roma tomatoes, a pail of green beans, a pail of cucumbers and topped off another bucket with cherry tomatoes.  My husband, Mike, had pulled carrots the previous evening, so I got those scrubbed and cleaned.
My next project was to complete the final step of my Cravin County Pickles.  The recipe is a crock style method and gives you these wonderful, sweet, crisp bread and butter pickles.  I tried them last year for the first time and now I'm hooked.

Onions and tators: had to get them out of the ground, the wet weather was starting to rot some of them.
As I am bending over in the cucumber/squash garden, I can sense my chickens leering at me from behind the fence to the chicken yard, they can almost taste the less than perfect produce that will be sailing their way any moment.  Amid the buzz of a million mosquitoes I somehow find the courage to stay outside until I've found all the overgrown veggies hiding from me.  I did manage to rescue some moderate sized cucumbers, so they are going to the house with me, but the giants are pitched over the fence to happy, over fed chickens.  I love the way the roosters just pretend to eat and cluck happily in order for the hens to take notice and eat from the food HE'S found for them, as if to say, "The mighty hunter has returned!!!"
That's it for another action packed day at OK Acres (right), so..........
TaTa for now everyone.

1 comment:

  1. I am right there with you on the heat and humidity thing-yuk!
    Too funny about the roosters, mine do the same thing...it must be a 'guy' thing.


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Mike and I

Mike and I
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Raised beds & chickens coops

Raised beds & chickens coops
Can't wait for this stuff to actually be food....