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The Harvest Continues

August 9, 2009

It’s been a few weeks since our first veggies started to grow, and in the last two weeks, we’ve had a bountiful harvest- especially considering the smallish size of our garden. So far, we’ve already gathered about 3 gallon-sized bags of green beans, more green bell peppers than I have counted, almost 2 gallon-sized bags of plum tomatoes, and 1.5 dozen jalapenos. Most of the tomato plants have lots of tomatoes on them, but will need a few more weeks before they are ripe enough to eat.

I learned a little about canning yesterday and we’ve already canned 4 quarts of green beans, and may have enough to do at least 2 more in the next week or so. I chopped up 10 bell peppers today and vacuum sealed them for freezing. We’ll be canning the jalapenos this evening, and possibly making homemade BBQ sauce with the tomatoes tomorrow. Once the roma tomatoes are ready, we’ll be making salsa and canning the tomatoes whole and halved for use in chili, stew and soup over the winter.

Excessive temperatures made it almost unbearable to be outside today, so I didn’t get much work done in the garden. I did manage to collect a full bowl of tomatoes, peppers, jalapenos and green beans, but no weeding. Two of the vine tomato plants have not only outgrown their cages, but they’ve actually started to bend them a tad. I wanted to see about fixing those to ensure we don’t lose anything from those monsterous plants.

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