Monday, August 27, 2012

Sugar Beets

One of the many veggies growing in our garden for fall harvest is the sugar beet. Another name is the mangel used for feeding livestock and for making sugar. These beets are white and can reach an average weight of 5 lbs. Along with beets we have turnips growing also. We plan to feed the pigs most of the roots crops but sweet young turnips are tasty.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Spin In Public Day

September 15, 2012  is Spin In Public Day. Old Economy Village in Pittsburgh will be featuring a free spinning day. I won't be able to make it because we have a day planned to go to the Yankee Peddler in Canal Fulton. If their are some spinners there, maybe I can talk them into letting me spin a little in public. Happy Spinning.

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Organic Peaches

Peaches are one of those fruits that just need to ripen on the tree to get the most delicious and juicy flavor imaginable. Peach trees require a sweet soil so lime should be added in the fall and top dressed with good composted manure at the drip line. I use the tiller to work the soil a little on top all around the trees' drip line and then add the amendments.  When peaches are the size of golf balls I spray with Surround, a kaolin clay that protects the fruit  from bugs. This freestone peach is Early Elberta and is the size of a baseball. Very easy to pit and freeze or can for pies. I think some more jam is in order too!