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 And so it begins. Everything up to this point has just been a warm-up for what’s to come. What?  My first batch of green beans is sitting in a bucket ready to be cut and prepared.  As usual (for me anyway)  many of them are too large to be anything but tough.  The chickens like them though so it’s not like a lost cause.

It seems like once the green beans start coming in  everything else will follow as closely as possible.  Don’t ask me why.  I might be wrong but it’s the way things happen for me.   

I put up some dill pickles using the recipe that Cristy suggested. I thought I had enough cucumbers ready for a full canner full but only ended up with 5 quarts.  It all worked out though because that was all the vinegar recipe I’d made.  I even made extra so next time it looks like I’ll have to double the vinegar mix next time.  I’ve picked a whole bunch of cucumbers in the past couple of days and it’s time to get them prepped and canned.

I also had one of the jars bust on me.  Thankfully it was just the bottom that blew out.  The brand?  It was one of those that Big Lots and Dollar General  carry?  Golden Harvest is the name I think.  It’s the first time I’ve had one of them bust so I don’t know what happened.

Miss Kitty has decided that she likes the outdoor sink.

I’ve got peppers to pick and it won’t be long till I have to can them too.  These hot banana peppers are almost as long as this plant is high.  I’m thinking I want to  put some up for sandwich peppers.

The picture doesn’t do justice to the size of these jalapeno’s.  I’m seeing some bacon wrapped stuffed peppers in the near future.

Mars has a thing for serrano’s and so I’m definitely going to have to put some up as well.

The purple hull peas are just waiting on me for the first picking and I’m hoping I can get that done today.  I’ll shell them and put them up in the fridge until I have enough for a full canner run.  Of all the beans/peas we eat these are our favorite.  I’ve got a goal of 52  quarts this year. 

I’ve also got the same goal for squash but that is probably just wishful thinking.  Slowly but surely those #%*$ bugs are trying to take over. It’s an ongoing battle and I’m not ready to fly the white flag of surrender just yet.

There are other things I could share but it’s all pretty much garden stuff.  Shoot, many of you are going through the same things as I am.   It’s times like these I wish I could move as fast as I used to.  This going on at half speed truly gets old. It’s frustrating but hey, we all do what we have to do with what we have to work with.  

The beautiful Day Lilly’s up top are a sight to see right now.  This is the first time in three years that they’ve actually bloomed.  I just love the color.