While the kitchen is hub for the harvest happenings and we gals hang out with the likes of Ms Guava and Mr Pepper, outside we shift gears into a fall garden mode.
In the kitchen, since we had an abundance of whooper squash we made a batch of pickled squash. Very tasty! We also grated a froze a bunch to use in winter for cakes, muffins and vegetable patties.
Though, fall has fallen here in So Cal that means tropical fruits like guavas start ripening! So with these tropical delights, we’ll be putting up jars of jam and preserves.
In the garden, trays of seedlings wait in the greenhouse to replace expended summer crops. Our planting efforts turn to cooler weather crops like: broccoli, cabbage, kale, potatoes, peas, beets and more.
We still have harlequin bug issues. Never in our 20 plus years never growing here at the ‘stead have we experience such an infestation. One person we asked advise from suggested we vacuum the little buggers. Sounds like a plan.
What are you planting and preserving this time of year. How well did you fair in our Harvest Keeper Challenge?
How are you gearing up for your fall and winter garden?
Another busy day ahead as we stock our pantry full of homegrown.
Pickled banana peppers
Luscious guava jam