Early last week Mrs Miller, my mother-in-law, and I made hamburger pickles from cucumbers and dill from the garden. The three or four cucumber plants given us a manageable amount of cucumbers. Last year we only made sweet pickles, but have bigger plans this year.
Mrs. M and I canned about 14 jars. We were pleased with this year’s first batch of pickles. We are looking forward to eating them and making more.
Later in the week Sarah and I went out into the garden to get some work done. While we were weeding and harvesting we noticed a lot of bees and other pollinators. Two bees were noticeably heavily laden down pollen. They were spending a lot of time around the corn tassels.
After watching the bees Sarah and I pulled all the garlic and the onions that had fallen over.
I planted my pumpkins about three weeks later this year than I had last year. This past week they really started to be noticeably bigger.
Last year the pumpkins ran all over the yard. This year I am hoping to keep them, mostly, within the garden. Time will tell how successful I am. When I looked under the leaves I could see flower buds.
This variety is called Winter Luxury. It is an old, pie variety. I grew them last year and they were great pie pumpkins.
In the circle garden the peppers are doing really well. There are lots of tomatoes. I noticed today a couple are starting to turn red.
More cucumbers are on their way. We will be making sweet pickles this week.
We here at Cohocton River Rock Micro Farm will be participating in World Kitchen Garden Day on August 28th. In the next week or so I will be writing more about what we will be doing to celebrate, but I want to encourage all you kitchen gardeners to find a way toe celebrate. In our world today there are many people starving. Many people in the United States struggle with hunger and eating well everyday. Kitchen gardens, gardens that are small but help provide families vegetables, are can be important to helping with food crisis or challenge. Help some one learn to grow food. I encourage you to participate in World Kitchen Garden Day. Please go to Kitchen Garden International to learn more.
Have a great week. Stay cool (as a cucumber).