Here's another 'Aisle 6' that needs major attention. The tomatoes on the tarp garden just out did themselves this year. I've got a ton of tomato juice/sauce/paste to show for it, too. But....
Did anybody say you can't grow sweet potatoes this far North? Well if you heard them say it, you can look 'em straight in the eye and say, "Phoooey!" This one is a Beauregard. It is one of my favorite varieties.
These ones are Centennials. They're OK, but they get long and leggy. That other stuff around them is what frostbit sweet potato vines look like after a very sudden 16F we had overnight recently.
I'm not too much for cucumbers. I like pickles, but how many of those can one old guy eat? I found this pile of cukes laying on the ground after I pulled out the wire cage they were growing on. Who knew!?
I do have some nice spuds for winter though. There's nothing like home grown veggies.
How to clean them? Make a machine for it, of course! Here is a little video of my 'Cement Mixer - Spud Washer' in action. I had left over rubber chicken plucker fingers from when I built my Whizbang Chicken plucker. I made a belt out of an old plastic drum with the fingers in it. I can put this inside a cement mixer, add water and potatoes, and let 'er rip! Works a charm, as they say.
I really like the little ones. They're good fried and diced and ... any way you want 'em. But they're a pain to wash and clean up. "What," you might ask, "would a guy do to solve the problem, in a case like that?" Man and machines go together.
Annie decided we needed to get to the bottom of my Nearing Frame hardwood fruit tree cutting rooter. It is named after Guy Nearing, the inventor/creator. It isn't anything really except, in my case, a bottomless 5-gallon bucket sunk into the ground.
Annie just knew there were mice or something good down there.
The deeper she got, the more committed she was to the project. I want to move it anyway, so I let her do the heavy work for me. She and I were both pleased!
Wood cutting season is at hand, too. I have the best neighbors a man could ever ask for. Chris and Mark sent over this load for me. They had a storm disaster, and thought I could use the remains for heat. Yes, please!
It takes several passes back and forth. It ain't a perfect science.
I use a screen to help get the filtering done near the end.