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Peaches and watermelons

Processing peaches

Another rainy night, another third of a bushel of white peaches on the ground in the morning waiting to be processed.  I didn't feel like spending two mornings in a row slaving over a hot stove, so I turned this batch into fruit leather, but tomorrow's peaches are earmarked for jam.  Kayla is bringing me some green apples from her grandmother's trees today and I'm sending her home with some of our peaches, so we'll both be able to experiment with making jam using homemade apple pectin.

Sugar Baby

Even though the peaches are right outside the kitchen window and are thus on the top of my mind, other fruit is still pouring in.  This has turned out to be our best watermelon year ever, even though two of our three beds failed.  I suspect the amazing flavor from the remaining bed is due to constant subirrigation from roof overflow.  Perhaps those new garden beds in the gully that were too wet for tomatoes could be built up just a bit and then would become the best possible spot for water-loving watermelon next year?

Our automatic chicken waterer makes it easy to leave town for the weekend without worrying about your flock.

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About us: Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton spent over a decade living self-sufficiently in the mountains of Virginia before moving north to start over from scratch in the foothills of Ohio. They've experimented with permaculture, no-till gardening, trailersteading, home-based microbusinesses and much more, writing about their adventures in both blogs and books.

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