|Harvested all peas except for this batch - these come out in about two weeks - getting bed ready for next planting of peas, with carrots in front for the fall crop|
|Harvested snow peas (Oregon sugar pod) and garden peas (Alderman) - a quick dip in near boiling water, then an ice bath, and then off to the freezer|
|Garden Peas - I freeze these on cookie sheets and then pack in freezer bags when they are frozen - that way I can shake out what I want and not have them frozen in a big clump.|
|Snow peas get frozen individually too, then put in a freezer bag, so I can grab a handful and throw into a stir fry when I need them.|
|Picked the main crop of currants - about 3 quarts - still a few on the shrub to pick this week|
|I've been drying all the currants for scones later this winter...|
|spinning herbs in salad spinner before drying removes excess water|
|Stack in drying trays - I ended up with 8 trays in this batch!|
|What to do with leftover sage that wouldn't fit into the dryer? Finely chop - along with some rosemary...|
|Throw herbs into a bread dough - I had some milk going sour that I needed to use up anyway. don't ask for a recipe - I make up bread as I go using what is in the fridge or needs to be used up in the garden.|
|Let rise till double...|
|Form into a loaf|
|Let rise till double, then bake in a hot oven till done...|
|And last, leftover sage got smashed with butter to be tossed with pasta at a later meal|
Meanwhile, out in the garden, the Borage is doing it's job of drawing bees in from everywhere to pollinate the tomatoes...
The tomatoes keep trying to get out of control and I keep working at pinching off the suckers and tying them up.
Raspberry picking is at it's height - picked 2 pints Sunday - in the stores they are selling for $5 a pint, so that is a lot of savings. We pick about a pint almost every other day. And that doesn't count the ones my granddaughter stuffs in her mouth every time she comes out into the garden.
Marionberries are ripening fast. I only planted about three canes, but they have taken over this section of the bed. My first picking was about two pounds. I am freezing them for pie and cobbler later this fall.
This picture doesn't do this area credit - the intensity of blooms, the buzzing of the bees - this is just a very happy place.
There are parts of my garden that I am not proud of. The area around the compost bin is one of them. We ran out of room in the compost drum during the rainy cold spring - nothing wanted to compost down. So my son-in-law piled everything into a big pile back by the plum tree. I spent one weekend taking everything out of the drums, sifting it, putting uncomposted material back in the drums, adding blood meal and some water, and got back on the composting schedule.
My granddaughter was unhappy that grandma was using gloves to sift the compost, and she didn't have any. So we had to take a trip to my favorite Salem nursery, 13th Street. (http://www.13thstreetnursery.com) Not only did she find gloves that were almost her size, but a new watering can. She also picked out some more ground cover for our path we are building, and some more flowers for the side of the grape arbor - she is a very determined gardener.