Well, it has been along time since I wrote a post, but a lot of wonderful things have a happened- the garden is in amazing shape, its been the best year for berries that I have known, and there has been a number of building projects in the works. Notable buildings are a pig pen, and a mobile chicken tractor. Thirty-one "Freedom Rangers" broiler chicks arrrived about a week and half ago-they will be the first residents of the chicken tractor. I picked them up from the post office, where they were making quite a racket.
The garden is just about to go into heavy production- with massive amounts of pickling cucumbers getting ready to come on, and an even more massive amount of tomatoes. An ample supply of canning jars will be critical to a successful year. I plan on making a lot of tomato juice, sauce and salsa, and a couple jars of ketchup. I love making tomato sauce in mid-October on the wood-stove, when you can just leave a pot on top of the stove and it fills the whole house with the smell of tomatoes. We are just entering into late summer now- as evidence by the deeper color of the sun, and the deep green of the leaves. Nature always goes in that familiar pattern- things are just a little bit different each day. You don't notice it, then one day, you look and everything is different from the way it was.