Harvesting and Preserving


| 8/14/2017 2:46:00 PM


Adventures of Old Nebraska DaveOops, July is gone. I blinked a couple of times, and poof! It was over.

August is for harvesting. Cucumbers, squash, sweet corn, tomatoes, onions, cabbage, green beans, green peppers, and eggplant — the abundance is overwhelming. This is the time gardeners have worked for. Starting seeds, repotting, planting out, weeding, watering, and pruning was all for this time. Let the harvesting begin.

There's no other month like August. The fall sounds are becoming loud during the evening and night. Crickets chirping, locusts buzzing, and all the other night sounds are telling the gardener that it's time to start thinking about fall. Even the temperatures are entertaining fall. The nighttime temps here in Nebraska are in the upper 50s and 60s, while the daytime temps are in the 70s and lower 80s. It's quite a relief from the heated temperatures of July. Light rain showers have only caused the humidity to stay above 80 percent and have not really benefited the soil moisture much.

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As you can see, the cabbage has grown really well this year. It's now time to make some kraut, don't you think? Based on the articles I've read and the Mother Earth News sessions I've attended, making sauerkraut is relatively easy and it stores well. So, I'll be eating a lot of kraut this winter. I have some gallon glass jars I'll be using to make and store the kraut. It's not exactly the traditional crock method, but I'm sure it will be OK. 



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