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An entire month since I posted anything.  Time bloody flies when you’re so busy you barely have time to eat and sleep.  

Well, to be fair, I did want to be super busy after Foster Toddler left to keep myself occupied.  So, in that respect, this “busyness” has been great.  On the other hand, I haven’t had a day off since Foster Toddler left.  I don’t feel like I’ve really had a break yet.  We had discussed taking another placement once the shows opened in mid-July, but I haven’t even caught up on my sleep yet.  I need to sleep for a few weeks before caring for another child.  

Unfortunately, our schedules aren’t really going to calm down all that much once the show open anyway.  Once the shows are open, there are three other projects on the go that require my attention.  At this point, it feels like we won’t have any down time until perhaps Christmas.  

It’s been much too long since I did a Garden Diary entry, so long in fact, that I now need to start Canning Season diary entries as fruits are starting to ripen.  Make hay while the sun shines!

Garden first:  

I had to pull the second batch of radishes that we planted as they got maggots.  Unfortunately, the onions and hardneck garlic look like they may have been affected too.  I pulled a few onions and only found one infested with maggots, but the leaves are turning yellow and dying, so I think the whole crop is done for.  

The peas are almost ready to harvest.  The potatoes in a barrel are doing REALLY WELL!  I’m loving having cucumbers and tomatoes in pots on the patio.  Squash is getting there – it’s just starting to vine out.  I think I may already have powdery mildew on some squash.  I’ll treat it tonight.  Damn that powdery mildew.  

The other garden is doing well too, and the weeds are mostly under control.  Corn is up to my waist, and the carrots are coming in strong. 

Canning Season:

Sweet BC Cherries!  I bought 10 pounds for $25 from the fruit truck at the Farmers’ Market last Saturday.  I canned seven pounds into cherry pie filling, and I’m eating the last three pounds fresh.  Next up will be apricots.  The cherry pitter I spent waaaaay too much on last year came in handy.  What a great little time saver, not to mention “mess” saver.  I pitted seven pounds of cherries, yet my kitchen did not resemble a grisly crime scene by the time I was done!  Hurrah! 

 

Tried something new this year with the pits:  cherry pit vinegar.  Put the pits in a mason jar and fill with white vinegar.  Leave it three or four days.  Strain the pits. Thought it might make good salad dressing? 

  

Chicken News:

Ginger is going through a hard molt, and one of the other ladies is laying softshelled eggs.  I say “laying” – what I really mean is “dropping them from the roost.”  I couldn’t figure it out until I read an article on Fresh Eggs Daily that said if they eat too much spinach or beet greens or kale, the oxalic acid in the greens binds with calcium in their bodies.  Four years later, and I still don’t know how to take care of chickens.  I’ve been giving them fresh greens almost every day.  I thought I was doing a good thing by giving them LOTS of spinach and kale for calcium.  Turns out, you just need to add a little acid to their stomachs, so I put some apple cider vinegar in their water.  That should do the trick.  Fingers crossed.  

Phewww!  I think I’m caught up now.  Hopefully, I have a bit more time on my hands by next week, but I make no promises.  

 

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