This is what I have been up to for the last couple of days. I canned the heck out of a big box of cucumbers, or a lug as they called it at Ben's Corner. From the left...Hot Dill Pickles (chunks of cucumber with dill weed, garlic clove, and pierced Serrano pepper), Bread and Butter Pickles (cucumbers and onions sliced thin, a sweet sauce with lots of turmeric...ADDICTIVE!), Garden Pickles (carrots, cauliflower, onions, cucumbers and sweet peppers with turmeric) and Piccalilli (chopped green tomatoes, cabbage, onions, Passilla peppers, red sweet pepper, also with turmeric) which is great on hot dogs.
This 5 gallon crock has a double batch of sweet pickles in it.
The tags show the schedule as to when I need to attend to this crock.
This box is almost full of dilled yellow beans I grew in my garden...the beans AND the dill. It has hot pepper flakes added to each jar. Just 1/4 teaspoon is all, and a clove of garlic. These would be good on a tuna and lettuce salad.
This box is almost full of Cowboy Candy. Really sweet and hot. It is good on sandwiches or in potato salad...like that. I also have a small amount of Rainbow Cowboy Candy. It is a mix of hot peppers from my garden, not just jalepenos. The syrup is made with cayenne pepper. Like I said...hot.
This is my famous Hot pepper relish. BFF says it is Not Hot Pepper Relish. It is so yummy. I use 3 kinds of sweet peppers and 4 or more kinds of hot peppers, and then scrape out all the seeds and ribs so you get all of the flavor and none of the bite. Excellent on softened cream cheese in a dip situation, or in Bbq sauce, or in mayo for sandwiches or potatoe salad. I also have my corn relish. These have both taken Blue ribbons at the fair.
The good news is...I am about to get my next round of zucchini. Did I mention I make great zucchini bread?
I am also curing onions, or drying them before they are used. I plan on braiding the stems together so I can hang them in the garage for storage. Then all I have to do is cut it off when I need one.
This is my volunteer Black Beauty eggplant, full of blooms. I can see six blooms right her, and there are plenty more. I just hope they have a chance to set and ripen.
In this picture you can see my lettuce and sweet peas coming up. In a few days I can start cutting the lettuce for salad, I think.
This is ONE Roma tomato plant. I guess I could have tied it up, but it got away from me before I could. I picked about a dozen little Roma's off of it today for the first time.
This is another volunteer tomato, only this one I think is a Beefsteak. Look at all the wonders I get to eat!
This squash is also in bloom...more zucchini, I think.
My yellow beans, ready to pick, and still in bloom.
Here is Trouble Dog, helping himself to the cherry tomatoes. He likes the yellow beans too.
He knows what is good!