Tuesday, August 26, 2014
Still Harvesting and I am about done with Blogger
Luckily I have come out from my lethargic lack of motivation the last couple of days and actually been getting some other stuff done besides cutting Tomatoes every night. Blogger has been driving me crazy lately too. It seems I can make a new post and it takes it forever to begin showing up at linked sites. Sometimes taking a day or more and often not showing up at all if I make another post. I have tried all different settings and even asked on their help forums and nothing seems to work.
I did a post earlier today and after over 6 hours it still hasn't shown up anywhere. I find this happens more on Mondays and Tuesdays than any other times during the week but can be a problem ont he other days as well.
Oh well at least it's free I guess.
The dried Bean harvest is in full swing now. I got the first seed crop for each of the four varieties I grew this year put away so the rest is FOOD!!!
So far I have been working my way in from the back trellis and averaging about a full five gallon bucket of dried pods per trellis this year. Actually I think overall the pole beans produced less than average this year but the breeding experiment continues.
Bush beans and Cowpeas produced like gang busters but I have not begun picking the Cowpeas yet although several of them are ready. All in good time, the Pole beans come first and then once all the dried pods are picked I will begin shelling em and putting them in their storage containers for use all Winter. I can also get a more accurate production average per plant then as well. Some of the Pole beans are actually still producing new pods but this latest heat wave has carried them into the almost finished state for picking.
I used to pick the pods green and then dry the beans out in my solar box or the oven but a couple of years ago I decided to try growing them the same way they are done commercially and just letting them dry in the pods. It works great and I have stored some dried beans for years without any spoilage this way. After I shell em I just put them in canning jars the size I need for cooking and then soak em the day before I need em. It has worked beautifully so far.
The last of the Onions have been pulled, dried out and stored. I thought about putting in another bed full and I still might. I still have the third row of Potatoes blooming now and a bed of Sweet Potatoes do harvest once we get a cold snap I guess. I haven't been down to check on the Pumpkins in a while to see how they are doing so I need to do that soon.
This heat wave we been getting has sure slowed things down though and the grass is starting to turn brown while several of the early trees are now dropping their leaves.
Fall is just around the corner.
Keep Prepping Everyone!!!