Monday, September 09, 2013

I smell autumn!

Walked into Home Hardware and saw this the other day:


AAAIIIEEEEEEEEE!! For those in the sunny south, that's a snow blower. UGH! I love winter but I'm not quite ready for this.


I am finding it hard to keep up with my canning but I managed to make salsa on Friday. As you can see I had lots of peppers and tomatoes...



I can't remember if these were Anaheim or pepperoncini or something else!


I had to peel and chop 8 cups of tomatoes...



And peppers and onions and garlic and other goodies....


Boil it all down and voilà!


Ready for the jars and processing.


I adjusted the head space after this. It needed a teeny bit more salsa in there. Haven't tried it yet but I'm hoping it's good! I hope to get some beets pickled soon, and some  more hot peppers. I did six jars of Hungarian wax peppers the other day, yum! I have a lot of serrano peppers that will strip off the skin in your mouth. :)


I've also been enjoying steamed edamame from my garden, aka butterbeans (soy beans):


These are so addictive!

And a Charentais melon:


Like a canteloupe, but smaller and more delicately flavoured.

Today I bottled another 150 lbs of honey, and I have much more to come, but all the supers are off the hives now. I will extract more honey later this week. The summer is definitely coming to a close. We had  a light frost the other night that nipped my cucumber, basil and pepper plants. I am not quite ready for fall. I have a lot of stuff to harvest before we get a killer frost.









19 comments:

  1. oh, how I envy your garden! But not the snow...

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    1. Just stay from May to October, then go home Nov - April. You should avoid the snow that way! :D

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  2. A snowblower! Wash your mouth out...it's September!!
    Jane x

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  3. Man those peppers look good and I don't even eat them! Yes it's time to get in gear and clean some things up.

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  4. Oh, I love this post. It's all so yummy. I'll not think of snow for awhile, though.

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  5. Busy bees. 150 lbs of honey??? That's quite a harvest. Yup, I must get on with more bottling today, the garden is overflowing.

    Please; no more mention of frost or snow!

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  6. Frost? snow? what's that? love the snow though :)

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  7. Sorry you have to soon say good-bye to summer. But just imagine the goodies you get to open when the first snow falls!

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  8. The salsa looks tantalizing. Were those heirloom tomatoes I saw in the photo?

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  9. Mmm, your salsa looks marvelous, and the rest of your produce as well. It's the tastiest time of the year.

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  10. I buy edamame but have never tried to grow them myself. Are they difficult?
    There are pounds of Damson plums and tomatoes waiting, and waiting. Obviously, what is required is less time on the computer and more time in the kitchen!

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    1. Alain, they are simple to grow! No more difficult than green beans. I got my seeds here:

      http://cottagegardener.com/catalog/beans/soybeans/

      Your plums and tomatoes sound wonderful!

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  11. Autumn photos
    Reds and more reds

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  12. No frost here in southwest Sweden yet !
    Me neither is ready for that !
    All thoose greenies made my mom-person hungry :)

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    1. No killer frost yet but I'm sure it's coming. :(

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  13. That Charentais melon is the perfect melon-for-two! You & Gordon can eat it with some fresh cheese and glass of wine, sitting on your Muskoka chairs out back with the garden view - and voilà you have a little bit of Charente, France, right there in the United Counties of Eastern Ontario!

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    1. Sounds pretty darn good!

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  14. We have such heat here in BC that fall seems a distant dream even though there are reminders everywhere. I canned quarts of tomatoes today. They will taste like they are fresh from the garden in January and make us dream of next summer. I have been eating them off the vine like tomatoes and am getting sores in my mouth. The season is short and I get a feeling of panic to harvest everything. It`s as if I lived 100 years ago and didn`t have supermarkets in the nearest town.

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