Anyway, today was supposed to be the day to start marinating my cukes, but that'll wait til tomorrow. I've decided to see if my beans that have been on the vine for a month are ok to eat, then can them. I love canned beans, not so much the fresh ones. I never have and still haven't found a taste for them. I figured if they were mine I would. No dice. Maybe if I can them they'll be enough like Del Monte's that I'm used to that I'll grow them again. Otherwise it's more trellis space for cukes.
Speaking of which, if I hold of pickling much longer, I'll have tons more to add to the pot. hehe
I also read today in my book that my corn is likely past maturity, meaning I waited too long to eat it. All that work for a stupid harvest error. You only have a 10-day window. Who knew that? I had expected to ask Judy when to harvest, but she's busy so I played it by ear. Bad idea. (yeah, I missed the pun, oh well). I also read that the small ears are proabably normal, and that commercial growers sacrifice taste for size (bigger is better). That'd just mean we eat 2 ears each. No biggie. Still not sure I'll do corn again next year. I was that thrown off by the bad taste. Ah well, some good some bad.
By the way, last quote from my book. I finished it. It had a lot of good information, but the guy is very much a traditional row gardener. That's great if you're field testing for Territorial Seed Company or homesteading in New Zealand, but gardening on a postage stamp requires SFG or the like. Anyway, Thanks Tim for suggesting it. I learned a ton!
On the bread front, I got a response from Eric at Breadtopia. 450 is fine for his recipie and I should just move on with the starter steps regardless of the bubbles. Today's addition was more flower than water so it's really sticky now. Elastic but sticky. Not sure why it's not working, but it's not great. Maybe it'll all work out. I'll keep you posted.
Lastly, it's not particularly garden related, but our blender is toast. Well at least the caraffe is. It comes apart into four pieces to be washed, but for some bizare reason, it's been impossible to come apart for the last week. My dad even tried his pistol-grip-belt opener. He lifted himself off the ground trying to break it loose. No dice. So we priced out a replacement and it's like $90 plus shipping. Right now we're debating on buying a new caraffe or a new blender. Smoothies are tough on blender motors. Several times using it on ice-crush I smelled something burning. Not sure how long it'll last. Besides, we've had our eyes on a Blendtec blender. It's arguably better than the VitaMix but still really, really expensive. Like $400. /cough Of course we do use the blender 4 or so times a week. And it does many more things that we may make use of that we don't currently because we can't. Like make hot soup, or ice cream, or if you've seen the cool promo videos, turn metal robots into powder, muahahaha! hehe
Ah well, since the weather's going to look like this this weekend...
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59° F |
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I'm not sure if I'll get everything done I want to. At least Sunday and Monday will be decent and I get it off since I'm a banker. Maybe I'll do canning etc. on Saturday and work in the yard Sunday and Monday.
Enjoy your garden!