21 July 2008

Wins and Losses in the Garden

On a happy note, the cucumbers are continuing to produce pounds of fruit that we are giving away every week.

Early this morning we picked 2-gallons of blackberries, enough broccoli for lunch and 2-colanders of cucumbers. I'm collecting the 1-inch pickling cucumbers to make French Cornishons.

From what I've read, many people do not care for them but the 3-jars I make every year disappear easily enough.

To make Cornishons - pick 1.25 pounds of 1-inch cucumbers, wash them and put them in a glass bowl. Sprinkle with 2-Tablespoons salt and cover with water. Let sit overnight.
The next day, sterilize enough jars to can 1-quart of pickles. Boil 2-cups wine vinegar and 2-cups water with 2-teaspoons sugar. Drain and pat dry the cucumbers.

In each canning jar put a peppercorn, a clove of garlic and a bay leaf. Add sprigs of herbs such as tarragon, thyme or savory.

Put in cucumbers and top with vinegar water. Boiling water bath 10-minutes or refrigerate for 2-weeks and eat them fresh with cheese and crackers.

The Wings and Warts vines all got squash vine borers

Life stages of squash vine borer; adult male (a), adult female (b), egg (c), larva (d), earthen cell (f), pupa (g).

The rabbits ate every single sunflower seedling last night.
Win some.
Lose some.


Dee/reddirtramblings said...

Win some. Lose some. It's a gardener's life, isn't it?~~Dee

Martha said...

Yes, my friend, it is.

My fall seeds are limited to a really cool marigold, Brussels sprouts, and a few others.

The numbers game, it is.

Happy growing, M.