I went out to the garden to pick what is left over from the few plants I have planted. To my surprise there were more beans. Quite a few of them. I picked the ones that were ready and left a few on the vines to turn to seed. I have been missing some and they have gotten too big to be sweet. So they will provide nourishment next year.
I found 4 cucumbers. Two of them were rather large. How did I miss those while picking this past few days? Oh well, they're good eating. I'll save them for my grandson who would be a cucumber if he didn't eat other foods, too. The sparkle in his eye when I give him fresh cucumbers is enlightening and satisfying.
The basil plant is again going wild. So I'll be dehydrating a bunch of that today. Just a few hours in the dehydrator and our family has an organic spice to enjoy all winter long. I have parsley planted in a pot, but that herb is slow growing. Parsley is the herb I use the most. This fall I plan on planting it in the garden rather than a pot. Lots of it.
I'm saving seeds from the heirloom tomatoes my daughter harvested. Saving tomato seeds is a bit more time consuming than drying other seeds. Most seeds need to only be harvested from the veggie and laid out to dry. There's a link below to demonstrate the process. I have parsley, cucumbers, peppers and tomato seeds drying for next year. I have a small pot to plant a couple seeds of each in so I can see if they are producers. I'll do that as soon as the seeds dry well enough to plant.
Also when I couldn't sleep the night before I made some peach freezer jam. I made three batches in less than half an hour. The batches are much smaller than the canned jam so I got four and a half pints from them. I used 14 peaches.
Freezer Jam (One Batch)
2 2/3 Cups of chopped peaches
2 T of freezer pectin
1 T lemon juice
2/3 C sugar
Mix the sugar and pectin in a bowl. Add the lemon juice to the peaches. Add the peach mixture to the pectin and sugar. Stir for 3 minutes. Put in clean jars. Let set for 30 minutes on the counter. Freeze or enjoy right out of the jar.
I canned this peach jam on Saturday. I used the regular method and did it in a water bath.
I had five peaches left over so I couldn't resist making peach cobbler. Needless to say I was a naughty girl and had this for breakfast and lunch the next day. Since the peaches were the free ones my daughter and her boys picked, I felt compelled to share most of it with her.
This morning's and yesterday's harvest. The tomatoes are from my daughter's garden. I threw them in the picture for color.
Here's a link to my favorite gardening guy on yootoob showing how to save tomato seeds.