Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Update and Garden Hint

7/17/07 - 4th Day - After Breakfast. Greetings Brethren,

Hope all is well with you all out there. Things have been pretty quiet around here. I hope to get part 4 to the What is the Gospel? series sent out today. I hope you all have read it all - it is a critical study. I am considering adding an introduction and putting it out as a small paperback that can be handed out as tracts. Garden is doing well here, though we could use a bit of rain. The prognosticators are calling for some over the next few days.

Things were so tight in June that we basically just hunkered down and didn't go anywhere or do much of anything. It is nice that we have the food we grow and that we don't have utility bills, so we can pull in our sails and just wait if things get real bad.

Ranchfest is coming up October 5th through the 12th. If we have not heard from you then you need to email us soon if you are thinking about coming. I hope to have a good showing this fall, and I hope to see a lot of you here. You can camp out here on the land for free, or you can get a room in Santa Anna or Coleman for not much money. Don't know yet what project we will be working on, but as soon as I do, I'll let you know.

Just a pic and an update on our garden. Our garden is not doing too bad. We still have some pretty bad soil, and this is only our second year gardening in this spot, and it will take some years to get some good productive soil in th garden. Some of the other folks in the community have better soil, but we will try to build the soil every year. Anyway, we are doing far better than last year, and the bugs haven't been as much of a problem.


Monday and Tuesday we got about 13 quarts of green beans and we canned 5 quarts of tomatoes. So far we have done the best with green beans, though our okra, squash, and tomatoes are doing marginal.

I would suggest Okra for first time gardeners. I have heard that it will grow and produce well in any soil, and I was not surprised to see it do so well here. When some of the other plants are wilting or suffering from bugs - the okra just took off and hasn't slowed down. Last night we had breaded and fried okra and jalapenos. EXCELLENT. Today I will be making and canning some salsa from the garden. I also hope to start planting a row or two for the fall garden. This year we have had a cool and wet summer (thank the Lord). Last year at this time the gardens were starting to dry up and shrivel away. By the end of July and early August there wasn't much garden left.

Anyway, my suggestions for new gardners. Zucchini and crookneck squash, Okra, and Green Beans (I use Blue Lake Bush beans). Our first year with a garden I did blackeyed peas. Wow. We got a huge crop and then the plants died in a month or so. So I planted them again and we got another huge crop and then the plants died. So I planted them again in the middle of the summer. The third crop did really well too. I would have planted again, but didn't need any more. We dried the beans in the pods and put them in mason jars. We used them for seed and for food for about 2 years after that.

We grew Hubbard Squash for the first time this year. They get huge (up to 15 pounds, or even more) and we have heard that they will store in the root cellar all the way until Spring.

Enough for now.

Michael

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