Mother Nature provides many gifts in spite of her challenges. Sending strength and goodwill to everyone affected by the recent hurricanes.
We had a thunderstorm here in Maryland last week. The corn we planted was nearly sideways. I tried to help it with a few stakes and twine. I think the roots did not have a deep enough space to hold on to in the planting bed.
We’ll see; there are still some promising silks with cobs beginning to form.
The sunflowers always bring so much joy.
The bumblebees were very content!
and the zinnias are reaching out and showing the beginnings of color.
I tended to the spindly tomato bed and used the space there as well as the freed up space in the basil bed for some frost-hardy broccoli and cabbage starts. Fingers crossed!
Even though the tomato plants were not as strong this season, we have been enjoying the bounty. Hopefully these will ripen nicely inside.
After a couple of hours working in your garden, I called you out to see what I found under the grass mulch:
That’s a first for me! Purple is my favorite color! Maybe you can do a google search to find out why these mushrooms are purple!
Before venturing out with you to gather your school supplies, I dug in the ground a bit. We wanted to mulch our newly planted fruit trees and I thought what better material than all of the bunches of cut grass!
Look what I found! Yikes!
Nature is an amazing gift!
It’s summertime! You are on your annual California vacation and we are here in Maryland! We are knowing that you are having a fabulous time with family and we look forward to your return.
Summertime also means lots of bounty coming from our gardens, farmers markets and other gardeners sharing the fruits of their labor. While in Sonoma County, we were surrounded by miles and miles of vineyards and orchards. Here in Maryland all we see are corn and soybean fields. Acre after acre. The fields are beautiful and the corn is oh so very sweet!
The first dozen that grandpa came home with we shared with you. We were gifted another couple dozen a couple of days ago. We barbecued a few and then I set out to preserve the rest today.
The first step is to husk the corn, blanch it (place 4-5 ears in a large pot of boiling water for 4-5 minutes), “shock” it (place blanched corn in a big bowl of ice water for about 4-5 minutes) and then cut the kernels off the cob. I read a tip for cutting the corn off the cob here: https://www.rodalesorganiclife.com/food/the-best-way-to-cut-fresh-corn-kernels-off-the-cob/slide/3. Your mom recently bought a corn cutting gadget. I’ll have to ask to borrow it and see if it’s easier. Or maybe just more fun!
Well, two dozen cobs resulted in about 13 cups of kernels. All preserved in the freezer with the food saver. I also froze the cobs to give to the chickens as a treat. Everyone’s happy! Guess what though? Grandpa just came home with, you guessed it, MORE CORN! Looks like we will have plenty to share in the cold wintertime!
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