Big Beets and Pokeberries - August 10, 2022 @goldenoakfarm

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Last of the beets crop August 2022.jpg

The humidity dropped and the night cooled down and I slept 9 hours. When I got up on Wednesday morning it was very pleasant and I felt okay, so I set about getting the last of the big beets cooking. My backup helper would be here at 8:30 to take me on errands. I wanted the beets to cook while we were out.

3rd Fence - harebells crop August 2022.jpg

3rd Fence garden - harebells

We had gotten a load of dishes into the dishwasher before we left. When we got back, we finished cleaning up the kitchen and got set up to process the beets. The smaller ones were done and I left the bigger ones to keep cooking.

Anne raspberries - 2nd crop crop August 2022.jpg

Anne raspberries – 2nd crop

We got my friend’s 11 pints done and had 6 pint boxes left for mine. We used all but one of the giant beets. My helper took home part of it. We got the awful mess cleaned up and finished just after noon. I looked like I’d been in a fight, and my helper had 2 tiny spots on her apron. Sigh…

Big garden - parsnips crop August 2022.jpg

Big garden - parsnips

I was wiped out and spent the afternoon napping on the couch with the cat. My son got a lot of weedwacking done around the little trees and the yard.

Elderberries - a few left crop August 2022.jpg

My intern is coming on Thursday and we are going to harvest what’s left of the berries. There are still a lot of green ones so I hope we can cover them with pieces of old row cover.

Little trees - comfrey flowers crop August 2022.jpg

Little trees – comfrey flowers

I’ve not made anything with elderberries before so I’ve been reading up. The only thing I’m not sure about is using my Squeezo to extract the juice. One doesn’t want to crack the seeds as they have cyanide in them. So we will experiment first.

7th Fence - pokeberries crop August 2022.jpg

I seem to have a lot of poke growing around this year. I’ve pulled a lot of it out of the flowerbeds. This one is growing just outside of the 7th Fence garden.

Poke flowers crop August 2022.jpg

Over between the gas tank and the Big garden, there’s a very large one just starting to flower. It should have been pulled out awhile ago. They are hard to pull out once well established.

New Herb - Row 1, astrragulus flowers crop August 2022.jpg

New Herb garden – Row 1, astragalus flowers

New Herb - Row 2, tansy crop August 2022.jpg

New Herb garden – Row 2, tansy in flower

New Herb - Row 1, butterfilyweed flowers crop August 2022.jpg

New Herb garden – Row 1, butterflyweed

Small garden crop August 2022.jpg

In the Small garden it’s pretty hard to move around now. But if I want to water it, I have to pick my way in because the vines wind around the sprinkler.

White flowers in swamp crop August 2022.jpg

Each year this shrub on the edge of the swamp has these spectacular white flowers. I’ve never found out what it is, mostly because I’ve not tried too hard.

White flowers in swamp close-up crop August 2022.jpg

They grow on a steep bank and I’ve not tried to get down there to get a sample to identify.

Thursday is to be elderberries as I said. It’s supposed to be another nice day, not too hot and much lower humidity.

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I can almost feel the warmth and hear the insects and smell the flowers. YOur garden really blossoms when it's in season. Those beets are huge - so messy though, I always end up looking like Lady Macbeth with bloodstained hands. Not as bad as turmeric though!

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I debated about a selfie, as I looked like I'd been in an abattoir. My helper had 2 tiny spots on her apron, which was white.... Typical of me inside or out, always a mess...

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Haha woulda loved the selfie!!

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I know, but oh well.....