Well, after three trips to the berry patch (one in which I only helped pick for others, just in case you think we must be Strawberry gluttons;), I think we are finally done with the storing up process for Strawberries. Seven batches of jam are sitting in the deep freeze. And 13 quart bags of whole berries have joined the jars. There was enough for fresh eating and a tasty shortcake, too
Strawberry picking, Strawberry jamming, Strawberry freezing…Check, check, check…DONE!
It feels good to check it off the list.
On other news, summer is here and along with it many, many weeds. My garden is calling me and I must be more diligent about relieving it of all the crab grass and other pesky weeds that insist on invading. I don’t like to use chemicals on my garden so it’s up to me, my hoe and an occasional rotor tilling. It’s hard work ya’ll! Then there’s the potato beetles that are chewing away at my Potato plants and Eggplants. I have been picking them off by hand and squishing them between a couple of rocks. And also destroying any eggs I find on the undersides of the leaves. I’m not sure if I’m winning the war or not. Those buggers multiply so fast. I’m hoping not to have to resort to an insecticide. Any suggestions from all you gardeners out there?
I have been enjoying lots of tea the past few weeks. There’s nothing like it on a super, hot, sticky day. I make a quart jar for myself EVERY day! I just stick in a regular black tea bag and then a flavored tea bag. Lately it has been either, Country Peach Passion, Bavarian Wild Berry or Peppermint. I fill the jar half way with boiling water, and I let the bags steep and steep some more, because I don’t want any weak tea passing through my lips! Once I think it has steeped long enough (30 minutes or more depending on how patient I can be) I fill the jar the rest of the way with ice. MMMM!
My herb garden that I planted in my front flower garden is coming along SLOWLY. I wish it was doing better. I have some natural fertilizer that I bought from Gardens Alive. I think I will apply a bit more of that and see if it doesn’t perk up all those plants I so lovingly started in March. If I get it to flourish I will take a picture!
In that very same flower bed grows a bit of this.
My many flowers which make me very happy. What a blessing!