Dehydrating

Sorry about the long absence, all my faithful fans ๐Ÿ™‚ There was a small IE problem at work and when it was “fixed” for some reason I can’t get blogger to come up, and since that was where I did most of my posting… well.

Anyway, this week I picked up an Excalibur dehydrator off craigslist. It will actually end up going to my brother but since he can’t get it for a while, I’m testing it out ๐Ÿ™‚ I just peeled and sliced 2 lbs of carrots and stuck them in. When I was doing that, I noticed that not only is this a dehydrator but it also has a setting for rising bread AND making yogurt. What a fabulously useful tool! Someday I will get myself one as well. In the meantime, I’ll use his ๐Ÿ™‚ He’s using the canner and so in the meantime I can dry what I need to put up.

I guess I should do a garden report. I’m about ready to dig all my potatoes. So far they have been pretty prolific and quite delicious. I can’t wait to try the fingerlings, which I haven’t yet. I’ll dig them tomorrow with Ballerina Girl. Like I thought, I didn’t have much time to keep things up so I have lots of peas, beans and cucumbers going to seed. Those Richland Green Apple cukes were FABULOUS though. I will definitely be replanting them next year.

The tomatillos and tomatoes have been doing well. We had our first orange tomato (Dad’s Sunset) yesterday and it was very very delicious. The first ripe tomato was one of the paste tomatoes, though (it was about a month ago). I’ve got tons of those guys now, and I will definitely be replanting those too (Principe Borghese). Those are the italian tomato that they usually use for sundrying so I think I could dehydrate those too, at least the ones I have on hand. Our weather this summer has been cooler – we had a really hot stretch in July for a couple weeks but since then it’s mostly been in the 70s and 80s. So I’m not sure how well things will continue to perform. Our “early” tomatoes (Siletz) haven’t been too early, still haven’t ripened yet. I will give them another chance because that particular plant was situated in a spot that got a lot less sun than I thought it would. There’s a few of those on the vine that are almost ripe.

I have one small pumpkin that I know of… I’m glad about that, one should do me just fine for the winter. I don’t think I’ll get any melon, only one plant survived and it doesn’t seem to have set any fruit.

I harvested all my garlic aboout a month ago and it did really really well. Some of the bulbs were pretty good size, and the smallness of the rest I could definitely see when you consider how LATE I planted them last year. I saved back the best of the heads to replant this fall.

In other news, the neighbor’s dog paid a visit to my garden yesterday, tore up a spot in one of my beds. I caught him in the act and then he ran away, jumped the fence. I went over to assess the damage… and there is a dead GROUNDHOG in my garden. Yuck. It’s still there, I was hoping to see the neighbor but I think I’ll just take Mr. Hot Stuff’s advice and just pitch it back over the fence and let him deal with it. Seems a bit, oh, snarky to me, but then again I shouldn’t be responsible for disposing of an animal carcass that his dog tried to bury in my garden!

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  1. Glad to have found your blog. I used to live in Washington state – but now I'm a wannabe homesteader (to borrow your phrase) in California. Look forward to your future posts. Check out my blog if you have a chance: slowbydesign.blogspot.com

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