I can clearly see that it is going to be me against the cucumbers for the next several weeks! Thursday I made pickles, Friday I made pickles, today I made pickles and I'm pretty sure I'll be at it again tomorrow. I honestly don't know how they do it. I pick them, turn my back, and abracadabra...more cucumbers. I'm not sure how long they can keep this up, but I'm pretty sure I'm going to need more jars.
We were away for the second half of July, and the vines really took off while we were gone. In addition to the cukes, the pumpkins are spreading everywhere. They have already climbed up their 5 foot cage and back down onto the fence. (The groundhog takes care of any vines that dip too low). We've been eating lots of green beans, carrots, beets and onions. Last night night we pulled the rest of the first carrot/beet bed in preparation for seeding our fall storage crop. Hard to belive that it's time to think about fall already!
Our garden pest problems seem to have leveled off. The aphids are gone, and since we harvested our cabbage the earwig population has died down. There are occasional cucumber beetles that will appear in any of the yellow blossoms, but they are easy to hand pick. I'm still getting tiny green caterpillars on the kale that munch the tiniest of holes before winding themselves into little white cocoons. I think they might be diamond back moths, but I'm not sure. At least they don't seem to eat much.
Anyway, my focus is really shifting into storage mode at this point. I continue to do a lot of lacto-fermenting which I feel offers the most nutritious (not to mention delicious) end product. If anyone reading is interested in learning more about this method of preservation, I am offering 4 workshops on the topic. Registration info and workshop details can be found on my website.