This week I picked this bushel basket of tomatoes.
I spent the rest of the day turning the tomatoes into this sauce.
food grinder. Then back on the stove to cook two, or more hours and then finally getting into the jars after it has cooked down and then in the water bath canner for 35 minutes. I make such a huge mess, by the time my kitchen is finally cleaned that takes a while too. I was pretty tired yesterday. My tomato vines are still loaded with tomatoes so I hope to repeat this a few more times before summer is over.
I was out with my camera. I normally have a hard time getting pictures of the orchard bees when they are on the sunflowers. I got this series of three photos that made me so happy. I would like to share them with you.
|The first photo, I was afraid to get much closer. They fly away at the point normally.|
|I took the next step, and see how her little pollen baskets are filled to overflowing?|
|I took one more step and got that last picture. She flew away at this point.|
sunflower seeds to harden. I found this sunflower already in the process of being opened by the finches.
Earlier in the summer, I don't normally have my pest control guy spray out in the garden, but we have these box elder beetles that really get bad so I have him go back out there and spray the trees that the box elder beetles live on.
As I was walking ahead of him, I hear him remarking to himself, " Wow!! What a big ant hill!!" He is just spraying the heck out of those poor ants. I wanted to cry. Every time I walk by that ghost town of an ant hill. I am reminded why I don't let pest control out in the pasture. I have found that mulching and fertilizing has done more for my pest control than any thing I have tried in the past.
Its never a dull moment. I have been hooking but not as much as I wish. I hope you have a delightful weekend.