It is a warm morning again. We have just received 1/4 inch of rain again with surrounding areas getting up to 2.5 inches. We must not be living right.
I have been watering various things, Kitchen Garden and some flower beds near the house. The rest will just have to survive.
I picked and froze another two large quarts of blackberries...now up to five quarts.
The beetles still don't seem as interested in them as in the past.
I also harvested my first cucumbers.
|From Harvest 2010|
I made Bread and Butter Pickles with them.
My sis developed a recipe last year using lime as an overnight soak for crispness and added red peppers to the mix for bite. They were outstanding! I did the same this year and am delighted with how they turned out. I had more cucumbers than the recipe called for but all I changed was I added one extra cup of vinegar...left all else the same except I added l.5 teaspoons of crushed red pepper flakes to the solution. I ended up with 8 pints and one quart jar which I didn't seal and have been sampling out of the fridge. They are just the way I wanted them to be.
We are still fighting Japanese Beetles. I can't see the Sevin or the Bayer product is working very well. The plants are still covered in 24 hours. I am going to try malathion next. I would just give up but each one that lives lays eggs to return next year!
Another daylily is in bloom:
It is either Revolute or Hesperus.
and another glad: