Sherry & Terry's Blog

Coming Out of Our Ears

The last three weeks have been extremely busy in the garden. We have been picking, freezing and dehydrating many crops.

The earliest picking was the broad beans. We planted them in March and were eating them in May. We had so many that we ended up pulling the plants. They are not a particularly popular  vegetable but we did manage to stuff a few friends with them and they were pleasantly surprised of their tastiness. 

The cherries ripened next. We had made a major cutting of branches over the winter so we were not expecting a large harvest, but with the hot weather we were inundated with cherries. We picked what we could and dehydrated six large mason jars full. A few weeks later the cherries were full of worms so that was the end of that.

The basil plants have been growing like wildfire. We usually plant a dozen or so with the expectation that we will lose a third of them to the elements or the slugs, but we had neither. Fifteen gigantic three foot plants! I have been picking basil leaves and making pesto spread with the freebie used food processor I scored from my sister's friend. The freezer is full of jars!

The cucumbers are loving this hot weather and growing like weeds. We haven't been able to eat them all so we are giving them away to anyone who will take some. The marketmore variety tastes sweet and crunchy and we are glad we took the time to tie the vines to the plastic fencing so they have grown straight and long. 

We had never grown eggplant before. As the plants were getting quite large the leaves started curling and became spotted. We pulled off the leaves and the eggplants have appeared. We probably won't grow them next year having now realized that we don't know how we are going to eat them all. That's the one issue that crops up when much of the harvest arrives simultaneously. As much as we love eating our own veggies and fruit, there comes a time when we can't look at another snowpea or green bean! 
It's been a banner fruit year. We have a tree that has two kinds of plums grafted together. The yellow plums ripen first then the small purple plums. I'm thinking of using the small purple ones to try making a traditional salty Japanese plum...the umeboshi. Our eight blueberry plants have provided us with a freezer full for winter and a huge jar of dehydrated blueberries. We have also stocked my sister's freezer and have shared another 30 pounds at least. Tomatoes are just starting to ripen and the first variety of corn looks like it will be ready within the week. My favourite is the Extra Early Extra Sweet because it's bright yellow cob is sooo sweet and can grow quite awhile before it gets tough and starchy. Ear-ye! Ear ye! There's nothing corny about these beauties! Happy Harvesting!

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Comments (3)

Great videos!! I had to laugh at Fraser's antics at the end.

Teresa | September 15, 2009 at 10:32 PM

Hi Calvin,

We've been using this construction grade fencing for three years now. We expect it to last indefinitely at this point. We take it down each year so it's not out all year long. In the past, we've used fishing netting with cedar stakes as posts. That works fine but it's harder to take the nets up and down without getting all tangled up.

Hope you summer is going well! :-) Ciao!

Sherry & Terry replied to Calvin | August 14, 2009 at 10:08 AM

Great videos gang!!

How many seasons does the orange fencing last? We tried string this year, and it's not strong enough for the stuff we grew. Live and learn! I wouldn't normally look at something plastic, but if it lasts 10+ years, it would be worth it.

P.S. Love the cherry pitter!

Calvin | August 13, 2009 at 12:29 PM