The raspberry row
On Sunday I gave the raspberry transplants some attention. They were sprawling in both directions which kept me from being able to mow close to the row. I didn't take a before picture but here is an after.
I added another wire at the top of the wood end posts and added a fiberglass post in the center to help support the middle of the wire. Then I tied all of the canes that were sprawling to the new wire. The raspberries have thorns so I have pincushion hands. I have so many volunteer raspberry plants that could be transplanted so I am giving some consideration to adding some to the cornfield perhaps dividing the front half from the back half.
Since it was mowed I could move the hoses back and I watered the fruit trees in the orchard. I had trimmed up the suckers on the one plum tree. It still needs a little work with a chainsaw as the lopper was not able to get all of the branches but it is looking better. The east apple tree still needs a bigger circle around it.
While I was moving the hose from tree to tree I worked on weeding along the white fence and then watered that. I got about half of it done so it will look kind of silly until I get the rest done.
The earliest grapes were ready for harvesting. A few of the earliest ones had been eaten by birds and a few of the latter ones were not fully blue yet but I learned my lesson last year that if I wait too long the birds don't leave any for me. Although I love the look of my grape arbor it does not make for easy picking now that the vines are getting bigger and I have not been diligent about pruning them. There were quite a few grapes that could only be reached with a ladder from the top.
And this bunch is on a 6 inch appetizer plate along side of a teaspoon to give an idea of the size of the bunches.
Last time I made jelly i made a freezer jelly. You prepare the fruit as juice and then mix it with sugar and pectin and put it in the freezer. This year I decided to try a packet of sure jell for less sugar recipes. This recipe is a cooked type of jelly and is put into jars for storage on the shelf instead of frozen.
Then the strained juice which has been mixed with a little bit of sugar and the pectin is brought to a boil and the once boiling the remaining sugar is added and it is cooked for one minute once it returns to a boil. The foam is skimmed off.
The cucumber pickles
I am starting to get cucumbers in my cornfield garden and I had this small bowl of random cucumbers. They were different sizes and different varieties. I had found this recipe for a copy cat of a Klaussen dill that was a refrigerator pickle. No canning needed. I was missing a couple of the spices called for in the recipe but they still turned out good.
The summer squash pickles
I also have been getting quite a few zucchini and yellow squash so I decided to try making pickles of these as well. The recipe i used is for a canned pickle but i decided to do it as a refrigerator pickle. I didn't want to spend a lot of time doing the canning only to open a jar down the road and find out that it was not a great pickle. If we like them I will make more and can them so that they keep longer. If we don't like them i will keep looking at recipes.
These zucchini and yellow squashes are cut into slices along with some onion and then placed in a bowl with salt and water to cover.
And lastly some pictures that Caitlin took a few days ago with some produce that we picked from our garden.