My lovely and talented farming female friends shared with me some of their green beans. These became the first frozen batch I put aside. I tried out blanching for the first time.
Slowly accumulating (non sprayed) wild blackberries and freezing them.
This is my little ‘use now’ seed stash that sits ready for me, right here, near my computer in the kitchen. I treated myself to this wildflower mix while shopping the other day. Here in the Pacific Northwest, wildflower seeds can be sown during the rainy fall for spring germination.
Remember those nasturtiums you’ve been spying in the garden pictures? Here are their seed pods, all pickled up. They call these Poor Man’s Capers, which I find a bit funny, seeing as every recipe I found online called for white wine vinegar. I don’t think poor men generally have white wine vinegar in their cupboards. I didn’t, so I used regular white vinegar with a splash of cider vinegar. I mixed in some home grown fresh thyme, and sliced onion.
My storage onions turned out tiny! I guess that’s what I get for growing my garden under a Doug Fir tree. I am harvesting them as they are ready and plan to pickle them all, so as to turn them into a special treat. They sure are sweet, with their beautiful shiny skins.
My new neighbor is pretty great. She invited me into her backyard to harvest apples.
While I was there I noticed some grapes ripening. My husband and my stepdaughter and I have been on the lookout for ripening grapes. Come September, we will be harvesting grapes from all over town.
Friends dropped by the other morning and hung out for a while. I scrambled up some eggs and made many waffles for us to eat.
River’s new swing. Daddy is a good swing maker.
The Grain Giving Apron is always a favorite with the ladies. All our chickens are doing well. We are going to clip their wings, and I guess I am ready, after loosing so many plants to their scratching and munching when they fly the coop.
Here is a planter turned dig pit; an example of the result of one of their flights of freedom. I had an excellent crop of mustard greens started in here. Until one day…
Rudy, our most mellow, handsome, family dog.
My dad is in town and he and River and I hit up one of my favorite farm stores, Naomi’s Organic Farm Supply. I got some worm poop for my garden.
Pea vines drying in the sun, creating pea seeds for next spring.
Our faithful clothes drying rack. Always doing good work.
I splurged on some flower start’s at Naomi’s. I pictured our lot being so full of flowers this summer, and in truth their is only a sprinkling of flowers here. Enough for me to find joy in, but I thought I’d give myself a little bonus. The chickens ate up many many flower seeds and starts this spring and early summer.
Ok, so I splurged on more than just the flowers. I also got myself a set of cards by the artist Jill Bliss, who I am really beginning to like. I am excited to write all my friends and family on these beautiful note cards. Living long distance from those you love requires much card writing to be done.
New gardening gloves! I have no idea where my other two pair are. I have some blackberry bushes to tackle, and so gloves are a must.
Must start collards.
Fish Bone Meal to feed the fruiting crops in our garden. I am an amendment novice, but the wise and friendly folks at Naomi’s Organic Farm Supply helped me out. Per usual.
There you have it folks. That’s what’s been up here. What is August full of for all of you?