Sauerkraut has been canned and now working on a small batch of fermented pickles. Day 3 and so far, so good. Has some good bubbles and smells pretty good. The jalapeños and yellow banana peppers have been pickled and canned. I have at least another canner full of each and will can them after the storms pass. Hopefully, the wind won't knock too many off. They seem to be the only two varieties of peppers that are doing really well at this time. The others (Kimchee, Red Pimento and Ancho) are kind of struggling but if they don't freeze with the forecasted cold front, I should be able to harvest what is on them in a few more weeks. If the reports are true about the cold weather I will have to cover them up, along with the tomatoes, and hope for the best.
Made up some Hamburger Dills and used a nifty little canner that doesn't take a whole lot of water to heat up and quick cleaning up. I had never heard of one and I was loaned this one by the wife of the son whose parents used to own the homestead. It is nice to use.
It is called an Ideal Fruit Canner and it uses steam to process fruits, jams, jellies or pickles. NOT TO BE USED FOR CANNING MEATS OR VEGETABLES.
Harvested two Collective Farm Woman melon. Very sweet but they did not grow very large. I think because they just didn't get enough water. The casaba melons are doing well, though. I will replant both next year and see if the Collective Farm Woman melon does better in a different location of the garden.
Squash bugs have worked over a couple of pumpkins. So far, they are only in one spot so hopefully I have gained control of them and they won't spread to any of the other ones. I have an organic spray that worked wonders on the spider mites I had in the greenhouse late fall last year.
Another surprise was with the pea seeds. I had a bag full, inspected and had quite a surprise inside.... BUGS! Some kind of flying weevil/beetle that had bored through most of the seed. Even the ones out in the greenhouse had been damaged. So now I have to find the ones I saved for soup! I hope it hasn't met the same fate. Maybe I should have froze the bag first before storage. I don't know. Never had problems with bugs in saved seed. If I had been relying on the seed for next year it would have been a complete failure.
No blooms on any of the citrus trees this year but I believe that is due to them getting zinged pretty hard by cold temps in the greenhouse over the winter. They lost all their leaves but recovered really well. Just no blooms this year, so no fruit.
The rest of the potatoes need to be harvested and sorted. Lots of potatoes but a lot of them are small. About half-dollar sized. So the small ones will be tossed in a bucket and I'll cook them up for the chickens and turkeys over the winter when they can't get out and forage. I'll also sort out some to plant for next year.
Some new additions to the homestead are Bourbon Red turkeys. They are very curious and, well, weird. Someone is always on 'broom duty' to shoo them out or off of something. But they are good foragers and clean up scraps pretty good. Better than chickens, but they are still kind of goofy.
The weather appears to be about a month ahead of 'normal'. Some of the trees in town have started to change color. Maybe we'll have an autumn this go around unlike last year when the snow came before the leaves dropped off the trees.
Autumn will be here soon, things need to be prepped and fall vegetables need to be planted. Wood needs to be sorted in the wood shed and a trip is planned to get a load of logs to add to the mix of wood. It sure doesn't seem like there is enough time (or funds) to get everything done that we need to do. But a blessing in the mess is the rain that is pounding on the roof, thank God for that wonderful gift!