The Farm Report09-30-2022
"Meh.... Maybe there's a mouse or something in here, Tim. I don't know why you bother."
I just pull up the plant roots and all, then go sit on a nice shaded bench to pick off the beans. I plant Blue Lake bush beans. They are delicious, and they are bred for canneries in Wisconsin. Canneries don't send out a crew of people to bend over in the fields picking green beans. They send a giant harvester machine out and it is 'all or nothing at all' when it is time to pick. These plants put on one big heavy 'picking' and that's what I want. You can just pick as you want (which is what I do for supper), but pulling plant and all for a one-time harvest is SOOOOOOOOOO much easier on my back.
I listen to Night Time on Still Waters podcasts while I do this. It is a log produced by a fellow who lives on a narrow boat on the canals in England. He's very talented. Here is a link if you want to follow along. His voice is hypnotizing.
These next pics are to file under the heading: New Gardeners/Don't Get Discouraged. This is what my tarp garden looked like in March. All cleaned up and hopeful for the new season.
Maybe this might help. The miracle is that the jar did not break, nor did the seal break! How can that happen? This one will be the first I use to make Hungarian Goulash pretty soon. No sense tempting fate, and those tomatoes are too good to waste.
For those who asked, this is the plaque that hangs by the Ball Blue Book in the canning kitchen. I try to live by this. It ain't easy though.....
"Tim, Did you put that in about me? Or was it about you?"
So, from Annie Oakley, O.J. and me, Cheers! from Oakdale Farm.
All is well, and the seasons are changing.