Took Sunday off and processed some of the garden. I Made bread and butter pickles and pasta sauce. I love to spend the day processing and cooking. But given my skill level I am really happy it’s not essential for survival.
Today I cleaned and top dressed my garden boxes. The herb box had a bunch of early oregano and sage. The sage had just started to flower so I am a little late. I picked a bunch to dry. Last year I made a solar dehydrator it’s biggest benefit has been hang drying herbs. Saves tons of time! If you saw my dehydrator last year I added a black corrugated plate to increase the temperature. Others than that it stayed the same. It still needs a sunny day to get the job done, but it works faster now.
Pulled up the garden and sent in the clean up crew.
Picking dinner before lunch. I love this time of year
Got tied up for a week, and now I have an overgrown garden with powdery mildew. Not horrible but what do you do for powdery mildew?
So I moved in last year an noticed there were grapes growing in with this large bush. As soon as I had time I cut out the bush. The grapes were on an old wire frame and they had already started so I just let them go. Plus I had to finish building my addition so I had no time. Even at that I got enough small grapes from it to make some Jam. This year I am resetting the wires and cutting back the old canes. The new canes look really healthy. I will make it pretty next year, but for now I just hope to get it producing decent fruit again. Yes that is snow in the picture, and yes it is March 31st. Got to love Erie…
My carrots from last year. We are moving so no garden this year. We garden naturally not pesticides or chemical. So I love things like carrots that do well despite insects.