Originally Posted by tempest
I love it when she does this because it makes the house smell amazing. I love Fall, especially October because of all the homemade things and the beauty.
I love fall too for the same reasons. It smells pretty yum here right now! Got the 4th canner load going.
Originally Posted by Foxhunter
We have had such a crappy summer, so wet, hardly anything has grown in the garden. Virtually no apples, certainly no pears, a few cherries (which the birds beat me too!)
I have managed to make strawberry, raspberry, plum, rhubarb and ginger jams.
Green bean chutney, chilli jam. Will be making tomato chutney and also what my grandmother called 'Ifits' chutney. If its left in the garden pickle it!
No potatoes, all but a few earlies were blighted. So depressing.
That really stinks. We've had an awful year here too, but because of drought - very abnormal for my area. I did have a fair amount of strawberries - my kiddo was good about watering them - she puts the sprinkler next to her strawberry bed and plays in it. Raspberries & blackberries burned up before they grew, I didn't make any jelly or jam this year, pretty bummed I don't have any strawberry/jalapeno jam
I watered the pear trees through the drought but we had warm early spring and then a late hard freeze so 75% of the blossoms got frozen. I normally donate a truckload (literally) to our local food pantry but I won't be able to this year. Last year even after donating I ended up dumping 2 skid loader buckets in my woods for the deer, they won't be getting any either. I picked up about 9 bushels, normally I can about 15 before I am sick of doing them.
Oddly enough I just picked rhubarb again a couple days ago and made a pear/rhubarb crisp - turned out really good. Pretty strange having both of those ready at the same time
I managed to can green beans, carrots, watermelon pickles, tomato juice, marinara sauce & salsa. Froze sweet corn & peppers. It's sad to think about buying veg at the store but I am going to have to.