Let me tell you it's been quite a year in the garden. This rain total is way down for our area. I'm not sure anymore if we are still in drought status but we have to be close. We are supposed to get rain this weekend. I hope it doesn't pass our area by again. You know we've had these years before and I wrote about the drought in 2016 here.
This year, with our on and off rain, we have a low yield so far on my prized tomatoes. What looked like a bumper crop quickly dissipated. Oh, we have tomatoes just not as many as I would have hoped and they are not as big as usual. This is a life of a backyard farmer.
So, as the tomatoes ripen I bring in and set them on my counter each day until I have enough to can. After three days I finally had enough I figure for 2 quarts but I canned 2 1/2, so I'm good! Sometimes you have to make do with small batches.
So, with those small batches from the garden I hope to fill my canning shelf again. Now not to say the shelves are empty because last year we had a pretty good crop and we still have quite a few jars left. That's why when I get a bumper crop of anything I can till I'm sick of it because you never know when you'll get a year that is like this one.
Now the whole garden is not a complete bust. The cabbages are ready to be picked. I see cans of sauerkraut in my future and coleslaw. Also, we pulled up some of our red potatoes and we are excited. Oh yeah, the zucchini, want some?
My backyard garden is still a gold mine that's for sure after looking at prices at the markets. So, I'm happy and thankful for the food we are getting!
If you are growing something in your backyard, how is it coming along?
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