My version of kimchi! I started to run out of kimchi for sales, so had to make more. My own savoy and asian cabbages are not looking good after this summers drought and onslaught of bugs (they are looking better as the weather cools and it rains). So I had to go to the supermarket and get ingredients to complement my own garlic, carrots, peppers and chilis.

15 grams seasalt per kilo ingredients.

Presto – 15 kilos of vegies becomes 17 liters ready for fermentation.

Every week I harvest a bucket or two of cucumbers for pickling. I sell some at the market, but most I pickle.

I nearly have enough of what I think will be a years supply. This week I sold all but a handfull that I made into pickles.

Today we have harvested string and wax beans. Usually I sell them or we eat them. But one of my best customers mentioned that she loves pickled beans. So I had to make some. I haven’t made any for years, so I checked the book and then started by trimming them.

Raw beans have a substance called phasein, not good for the stomach, so I needed to parboil them for 5 to 10 minutes,

let them cool,

and put them into pickling jars along with flavorings like peppers, mustard seed, and garlic. Then I poured salt water (3%) over and sealed them for the normal pickling process.

I hope they meet her standard and taste when they are ready in about 4 weeks.

From our mangy prune tree we saved quite a load of prunes this year.

The bees and wasps and other bugs were there first and got probably half of the crop (good for them), but we got plenty. Alas, we managed to not get stung,

We cleaned and pitted them and made them into jam.

It’s put into containers then into the freezer.

For the rest of the year.

Sweet basil gets alot of protection and watering this year of the long hot summer and is growing like never before.

One of my favorite herbs, I need a lot. Along with thyme and oregano, it makes up my version of the herbs of provence, which I use it in my herb miso as well as a score of other recipes.

After a poor start at planting-out, the cucumber plants that survived have gotten established and are producing the first cucumbers ready for this years pickling.

Washed and pricked and put in the jar with garlic, dill flowers, and current leaves,

The amount of salt (1.5%) is very important and I have to think twice when calculating water and salt. Here I have a 3 liter jar, and I figure half cucumbers and half water – 1.5 liters water. Since half of the salt will osmose into the vegetables, I figure twice as much or 30 grams per liter water, making 45 grams salt for this batch. After osmosis this will result in 1.5% salt.

During the 4 week fermentation time, the lactic acid bacteria will proliferate and produce the acid, flavors and other good stuff.

The natural dill pickle!

While the garden is taking almost all of my time with the seeding, planting, weeding, cultivating, watering, harvesting and marketing, I must take some time for other stuff like making some more pickles before I run out (like 4 weeks before I run out). Last week we made a big batch of store bought eco carrots.

The other day we made a big batch of sauerkraut too.

I wonder if it all will last until I harvest my own carrots and cabbage in the fall?

Yesterday was a hot day – too hot to work in the garden. Instead we went to a farm auction nearby.

Alot of big machines

Non that I needed. My big prize was this wire work/art.

I suppose it’s an egg basket for holding eggs in boiling water.

It’s still drought even tho the weather has been a bit cooler. We have had a little rain, and we have plenty of well water, so almost everything is growing very well.

The pumpkins especially after watering and a good weeding.

Today has been the hotest day for at least a couple of years (30 degrees).

The drought over the past month and planting season has ended with the first rain. It was a thrashing rain accompanied by thunder and lightning.

The rain has cooled things down a bit. I can go out to work again, and I won’t have to water tonight.

I got all the tomatoes and peppers in.

The weather is unseasonably hot and dry. We have a good supply of water, but it takes a lot of time watering.