Garden going great guns

More or less – check out this early August bean harvest. We pulled about 4 more baskets this size over the course of August: IMG_0537.JPG

Lots of spicy dilly beans for me (Susan’s been busy canning). Most of our other crops have done equally well – all the berries (straw, blue, black, raspberry) did from good to great, the spaghetti squash did great, the delicata did ok, the pumpkins are coming along nicely, and while our zucchini and cucumbers succumbed to some sort of blight, we got a good many before that happened. Tomatoes still struggled with the blight but we got quite a few this year, and our peas carrots, cabbages and beets all did great. Broccoli was again a bust due to bad harvesting timing. Our asparagus is finally producing enough to make meals of it (3 or 4 this year), and our radishes did fantastic…except we picked them too late. The biggest bust of the year is the apple crop, where we have almost none, but last year was a bumper crop and supposedly that leads to poor years the following season, so we weren’t surprised. We’re still debating what to add next year (this year was strawberries). My preliminary vote is more blueberry bushes, but rhubarb is another possibility.

How to feed your baby

By Susan, with an assist (I weed the garden) from David:

peas growing in our garden

Step 1 - Grow then pick the peas

picture of shelled peas

Step 2: Shell the peas

Step 3: Steam the peas

Step 4: Puree the peas

Step 5: store the peas

Step 6: Enjoy delicious peas


Scene of a murder: scratch one rabbit

My yard is overrun with rabbits, and I’ve been writing about our various adventures with them as we try and protect our garden this summer. Yesterday I was out playing with Soolin in the yard when I noted her stopping to munch on something in the grass. Ever since Nori got sick eating something in our neighborhood I have been super paranoid about this, and so I rushed over to stop her.

Turns out she was munching on the last scraps of a rabbit that had been killed and eaten by something in our yard, close to where Nori is buried. There wasn’t much left – a bloodstain in the grass, a few tufts of fur, and part of its head. I was original going to post a photo of this, but it was too gnarly. Use your imagination instead – it was part of the poor rabbit’s skull with all the flesh and skin gone, but the eyeball still sitting in its socket, staring into the photo.

Poor, poor rabbit. It’s hard to begrudge them a little sunflower or cucumber after seeing such a thing.