I go to nature to be soothed and healed, and to have my senses put in order.
John Burroughs

Saturday, September 12, 2020

Processing, Harvesting and Storing

Finally, two days of sun after 3 grey, rainy days! There was a frost advisory for the last two clear nights, but frost did not materialize, and the forecast calls for milder temperatures tonight. I picked all the tomatoes except the cherries, which we tarped last night. The plants are loaded, and I'd like to get a few more ripe before the season ends. Clouds are moving in now late in the PM, and tomorrow is supposed to be rainy....again.

First thing this morning, I prepared a full dehydrator load of apple slices. The peeler-corer-slicer, makes short work of the preparation. One more load, and that will be my quota of dried apples for this year. 


 Later this morning I tackled the potato patch and am happier with the harvest than I thought I would be. The Russets were about normal, with quite a few little ones, the Yukon Golds were mostly good sized, with only a few smaller ones, but a small pail's worth had a soft spot in the eye where the root was attached. They are set aside and will be used first. It has just been too wet this August. 

Yesterday, I cleaned and stored the garlic cloves that had been drying in the barn, and this afternoon did the same with the onions. It has been so rainy and humid, that the onions didn't dry as nicely as they usually do. 

This is the pond this morning.
And this is the pond mid September 2019.





  1. Sounds like you sure had a busy day! I love seeing all the delicious stuff you have grown and harvested. We are in the worst part of the rainy weather from Tropical Storm Sally here in SW Florida, a very dark and stormy day for us. Hope it stays sunny for you today :)

  2. Thank you Martha: Its raining cats and dogs here again! Glad I got the digging done yesterday. This is unusual for us. We are used to the pond going down as the summer progresses, not come up!! Hope the storm does not impact you negatively.