It's 95F in the shade, too hot to do much in the garden. I did go out this morning to pick tomatoes, corn and cucumbers, then I hauled six buckets of composted manure and spread it around the long pepper bed, made sure they were well watered, then covered the bed with a thick layer of leaf mulch. After that, I headed for the kitchen to get a few things done.
The first thing I did was toss all of my smaller tomatoes into a pot, and turn them into juice. It was a mixture of Victor, Sungold, Black Cherry and Una Hartsock tomatoes. I got 5 cups of really good tomato juice from them. I was going to put it in the freezer and save it until I had enough to can, but decided instead to put it in the glass jug, chill it, and save it to drink for breakfasts this week. It was just that good! After I got the juice sampled for quality and in the fridge, I snapped a gallon bag of Fortex pole beans, blanched them, and got them out to the freezer to be frozen solid. I'll bag them tonight.
Of course, nothing puts me in the mood to bake bread like 95-degrees-in-the-shade weather. While that was baking, I made the spiced vinegar/sugar syrup for some sweet refrigerator pickles. I had to wait for the syrup to cool, so I.....
Ate a big slice of fresh bread while I waited. Soft, warm, lovely.....yummmmmmmmmmm.
I did finally get the pickles made, and I didn't eat the whole loaf of bread. I really wanted to.
Dinner tonight was quite garden heavy. A simple meal, but healthy and filling. I didn't think to take a photo of it until after I started eating, so here is my partially eaten dinner.....
Grilled salmon fillets, steamed Red Norland potatoes with parsley butter, broccoli and grilled yellow crookneck squash. Not shown, a side of cherry tomatoes. The potatoes, parsley, broccoli, squash and tomatoes were all fresh from the garden. Well, the potatoes were probably a week or two old, but everything else was picked yesterday or today. Mr. Granny even ate his broccoli and squash, with no complaints!
What's the plan for tomorrow?
Take a guess!