It is, unbelievably, August. Where did our summer go ,I keep
asking myself. It has been uncharacteristically cool and wet,
The tomatoes in the raised beds have furnished us with over 70 quarts of canned tomatoes, and I am in fact about to can twelve more quarts. I find myself astounded that as often as I have offered free tomatoes to my face book friends, enough for them to can their own, I have had no takers. Earlier in the summer I offered free Iris rhizomes and water plants for ornamental ponds. I had one taker (thank you Carol for taking them off my hands). In fact,I still have water plants looking for another tub or pond to call home. But I refuse to go on Face Book and offer a darned thing again. You read it here, if you want to start a water tub or ornamental pond and need plants, look my phone number up in the book and give me a call. If not, well I have a number of tubs I can "borrow" from Mac to divide them out.
and time to start planting the Cole crops, the cabbage, collards,
broccoli, Brussels sprouts and cauliflower. I am getting anxious
now to pull up the tomatoes and retill the beds adding nutrients to
the soil to make them grow healthy enough for canning. I have found
that I love canning and love my pressure canner. I often cuss it
when the lid doesn't want to go on lickety split, but eventually I
sweet talk it on so the pressure can build and the time begin
counting down. Last week I made vegetable soup. I called my aunt,
Margaret Kneece, and asked her if Mammy and Mama put the cabbage in
the soup to can or added it when they opened the soup to eat. She
assured me that the cabbage went in with all the other veggies. So
the soup has butter beans, okra, tomatoes (of course) carrots,
cabbage and potatoes. I made my father pint jars that he can fix
as single servings. I intend to make more next week.
I made a new friend in the canning aisle at WalMart. She thought I
had called her name (Cathy) and turned to speak. Well, I can
hardly not speak when someone looks at me expectantly so we had a
long conversation about fig canning (I start that tomorrow) and
before I knew it we were exchanging phone numbers. She makes
Mozzarella cheese, from goats milk. I intend to get a bit from her
for my Eggplant Parm. I used to think we grew it all. Never
thought about growing cheese! Now what better place to make a new
friend but in the canning aisle at WalMart when you are laying the
garden by? I'll bet I can talk HER into taking some water plants!
Well, the jars are hot and ready to fill with luscious seed free
tomatoes, so I'll get to it...Little Susie Homemaker cans again! Tomorrow? Fig preserves!