Sunday, August 11, 2013

Sunday's Activity

Tomato and cucumber production continues to ramp up. I think I may have enough tomatoes to do a small batch of marinara for the freezer tomorrow. There are still a remarkable number of green ones. I think we also will have enough cucumbers (with the 4 or 5 that I'm leaving on the vine overnight to get that much bigger) to do another four jar batch of pickles.

The beets and carrots look great although I didn't plant tons of them. I'm trying to decide if I want to try root cellaring them (which I haven't had much success with previously). The edamame is covered in immature pods. Every few days I'm still getting another half dozen pods of peas, which I eat while still in the garden. The melons and squash have now spread across another row of the garden. It's seriously like some horror movie.
With Willow on my back, I hacked out a couple of 4-5' high elm "bushes" that sprang up over the summer since we got the tree taken out last fall. This morning the patch between the green lawn chair and the wheelbarrow was completely taken up by the new growth. The sumacs on the right in the front of the background (work that one out) are also new growth in the last few months and will hopefully get attacked this week.

Even on my back, Willow helps. She pulls leaves of branches she can reach as I bend over or I hand her a twig and when we carry loads over to the big debris pile she tosses her contribution on. She also regularly takes turns with me on who's wearing the sunhat at the moment. It made my work this morning much more enjoyable. It's probably also a lot better exercise to do yard work with a toddler on your back. Once again, yay for the Ergo Performance baby carrier. It's so well designed that she feels like almost no weight.

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