Steam floats off a partially-composted mix of cow manure & woodchips as its spread on the garden
It’s a busy time around here lately. I guess most of the year is a busy time around here, just different kinds of busy. Right now we’re trying to get the animals situated for the winter and finish off the garden.
Matt spent Friday and Saturday fencing in a different area for the gilts. Then he and Madeline cleared off the garden and pulled the tomato stakes and cattle panel trellises. Yesterday and today he was spreading manure both on our garden and on the neighbor’s soybean field (where, you guessed it, corn will be grown next year.) I just can’t help think of that little tune “spread a little sunshine” when I watch the manure spreader churning out it’s “riches” onto the garden where they’ll help grow a bounty of food next year.
But I have to admit, I’ve been cursing this year’s bounty just a little. I’m ready to be done canning already! This weekend I made two more batches of Farmgirl Fare’s Green Tomato Relish (which is more salsa than relish), a batch of spicy tomato sauce, and froze a couple quarts of winter squash. I’ve still got some winter squash to bake & freeze – a small acorn type that doesn’t look like it’s going to store well. The potimarron squash looks like it’s going to hold, so I won’t bother cooking and freezing it.
Then there’s a shoebox of jalapeno peppers, a 5-gallon pail of green bell peppers, 2 huge boxes of chili peppers, and drying beans. I’ll make a batch or two of pepper jelly, roast and can chili peppers in whatever canning jars I’ve got left, and we’ll string the rest of the hot peppers up to dry. Rafe and I will shell out the drying beans sometime, no hurry there.
Does anyone have suggestions or recipes for using dried peppers?