Well, the dog days of summer are in full swing here in Mississippi. We have had temps up to a hundred with heat indexes from a hundred and five up close to a hundred and ten. I can't believe I'm saying this after the winter we had last year but I'm ready for MUCH cooler weather.
So far, I have canned five pints of watermelon preserves and four pints of watermelon jelly.
I have the rind of one more melon in the refrigerator to peel and cook out this week. I may have a boiler full of watermelon when it's sliced but it cooks down to a small amount when it's finished. I hope to can at least a dozen jars of the preserves but it will take at least another three melons and maybe more.
Here's what the watermelon preserves and jelly look like:
The garden has plenty of peppers and a few ripe tomatoes in it. There's also some herbs that are still producing.
We have several tomato plants that are still growing but not producing as of yet.
We did have a tomato plant come up volunteer and is loaded with tomatoes. I have no idea what type of tomato this is but the tomatoes are about the size of a fifty cent piece.
The plant is a good size plant and is healthy. We're looking forward to our "free" tomatoes. :)
Now is the time for us to get started on our fall garden. This is the week we plan to clean out the beds and get them ready for collard greens, cabbage, kale, turnip greens, mustard and Swiss chard.
Here in our area the collard greens and kale will survive the winter. The other greens will be gone after the first freeze.
I want to have a nice size area for the greens so I can freeze some of them for later in the winter.
Also, I want to plant a pot of lettuces and keep it in the kitchen window so we can have fresh lettuce for salad this winter. I've never tried this before but am hoping that it's successful since lettuce prices are going up every day here in our area.
That's about all of the goings on here at Hunny Bunny Haven. I hope you will come back again.
When we get the beds of greens going I will post more pictures. Fingers crossed there will be greens to photograph.
See you all down the road a bit!