Late yesterday afternoon I went out to pick the last of the peas and enough bush beans for dinner. I ended up picking the peas and pulling spent vines for the chickens to peck through. The bean patch was full of ripe beans and a whole basket was brought in, some enjoyed with dinner, the rest blanched and frozen for winter meals. There was now a 4 by 8 foot bed empty from the peas and another planting of beans will be made there, the local natural foods store carries the Southern Exposure seed that I prefer and they still had the beans in stock today.
My plan for today was to make fermented horseradish mustard for eldest son and one for me. Going over to dig the horseradish root ended up with a major weeding in that corner of the garden that is my compost area every other year. It was full of tall lambs quarters, some plant from the mint family that doesn’t smell particularly good, and other intruders. That done, I could get to the horseradish and dug a good handful to soak, scrape, and grate. Two pints of mustard are fermenting on the counter.
Each time we have enjoyed sweet corn this summer, bought at the local village store (I don’t grow sweet corn), I come home with three because they always have it priced at 3 for $1.59, but we usually only eat two, so the third one has been cooked and cut from the cob and frozen. Today, it was turned into 4 half pints of corn and tomato relish, a slightly spicy one with a chopped jalapeño in it. The peppers are beginning to provide in small quantities.
While I was moving through the aisles to get to that corner of the garden, I realized that the onion tops had toppled, the clue to harvest them, so a wheelbarrow full of onions was brought into the root cellar and they were spread out on the shelves to cure.
In the midst of all of this, a friend texted and asked if I wanted part of a daylily she was dividing and I never turn down perennials, but my bed was in need of some work, so grandson and I got it weeded, a new edge cut in, divided two of mine that needed it and planted them. She will get a division of the peachy colored one in the header.
And just because they are pretty while blooming, the barrels of herbs and flowers are included.
It is a good time of year, with produce to put by, flowers to enjoy, and fresh herbs for cooking.
Still love my life on this mountain farm.