Friday, July 16, 2010

Friday, already..!

Well, everyone....I don't know where it went, but it's Friday.  Here's a quick view of what's been keeping us busy out here JOTOLR:

Each successive row is 50 long.  And now we've made the turn (mostly) from planting to picking and, you'll know what we'll be doing this weekend. Other pictures would show MM's millet, and buckwheat and Potimarron Squash in the outer gardens, but I'll save that for later as we harvest, and same with tomatoes.  Today, we're picking two rows of Provider Green beans and canning them.

Here's wishing everyone a lovely weekend! 
See you Monday!


  1. Yeah, that would keep you busy, all right! It's beautiful!

  2. Your vegetable garden is beautiful! Of course a flower garden is beautiful too but nothing makes my heart sing like seeing a beautifully tended vegetable garden :D All the best with your weekend of preserving. Do you have a copy of the Nourishing Traditions book at all? There are some wonderful suggestions for preserving in there using lacto fermentation (a use for all that whey!). I shall be thinking of your lovely garden as inspiration while I slog away this weekend double digging the new vegetable garden here!

  3. Peter has just been looking enviously at your vegetables and yet again I've had to explain why we can't do the same - too many slugs and too little soil. I think that in the whole of our garden there are only 6 sq feet where there is the soil to grow veg .All the rest has at the most an inch of soil over the clay subsoil.

  4. Elora -- Amazing garden, amazing folks that plant harvest and can. Love your posts -- barbara

  5. Julia,

    So good to hear from you again! I was wanting to know about what winter is like right now in NZ...???

    Green beans, pickles,beets, carrots, etc. I am beginning to think it's more the ritual than the need, Vicki!


    I sympathize with your lack of soil. Thank goodness we don't have to battle slugs, though! Thin soil isn't one of our battles, but clay soil is. So, adding some gypsum helps, and rotating our gardens among three separate locations (a three-year rotational) helps keep the garden fertile. Plus raising chickens in the part that is being fallowed. Oh, and I have LOVED your pix of Lundy Island. What a fascinating place!


    Thanks so very much! I truly have enjoyed your recent posts on Folkways Notebook. I am always looking forward to the next one.

  6. Hi again Elora - internet speed slowly picking up here so hopefully I can post again soon! We seem to be having a reasonable winter - last week was hard frosts every morning and we've just had 3 days of no frosts and glorious warm sunshine and blue skies with daytime air temps around 55 - 60F. Further south (down the bottom of the South Island) it's been around -10C. I've just spent the afternoon planting out strawberries and the garlic is up and looking good. Hope you are managing a wee break after your preserving fest!
    Take care

  7. Your garden is gorgeous, Elora---so tidy and lush. I know the canning is hot and time-consuming, but you'll enjoy that taste of summer this winter when all is gray and barren outside (or maybe white and barren, if this winter is anything like last winter).