Can you believe it’s July? Half the year already done and dusted.
Things are starting to get busy in the garden. Almost all of the blueberries have ripened and have been picked. The strawberries are producing a few handfuls each day and the cucumbers are coming fast. This is the first year I’ve made pickles and so far I’ve made a batch of bread and butter chips and a batch of dill pickle spears.
Pickles are hands-down the easiest thing I’ve canned so far, and once I get a large batch of cucumbers I want to try making fermented dill pickles, like the kind you get in a fancy deli.
We’ve had a few really hot spells and my basil is already starting to flower. I’ve been pulling off the flower buds, but I know it’s time to harvest soon. I’m a little bit worried that I waited too long because that wonderful basil smell is mostly gone and it smells a bit like licorice. I guess I will have to make a batch of pesto and see how it tastes.
I planted four zucchini plants (two green and two yellow) and we’ve been getting more zucchini than we can eat each week. I’m planning on getting some zucchini bread made and maybe trying out some new recipes. I haven’t used the dried zucchini that I made last year, so I don’t think I will be drying any this year.
Beyond the garden, we have six turkeys that have almost outgrown their pen. Our plan is to let our four old hens free range in the yard and put the turkeys into the chicken run until they’re ready to be butchered.
What’s going on in your garden? I’d love to hear ☺️
P.S. There might be baby bunnies arriving at the end of the month! I’ll keep you posted!