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Just plugging along as of late. After a couple of catastrophic canning attempts, I decided to take a break for a bit. There are still plans for Queen Anne’s Lace Jelly. I did make a test jar and it’s very good. I didn’t know at all what to expect, but it has a honey lemon taste to it. Very pleasant. I will be making a large batch. The borage mint jelly also turned out very good. The cherry jam on the other hand I overcooked. So it did not work out. Neither did my first attempt at Jardiniere, but not to fret. I figured what what I did wrong and will try again. I have about 4 1/2 pounds of Southern Illinois peaches that are awesome and will make a spectacular peach butter.

Also drying lots and lots of herbs for tea. I’m been procrastinating about making labels for the jars and tea tins. I’m just not entirely sure how I’m going to go about it. I’ve priced out a lot of online options and found that labels are expensive bordering on ludicrous. So I may be printing them from my own printer. I have to figure out which is more cost effective. I’ve also been compiling nutrition information. Quite an odious task.

The garden is doing fabulous. I believe I’m going to have more cucumbers than I know what do with. There is a lemon pickles recipe I found that sounds good . . .

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Some pictures of our progress. You might recognize the pot the ginger plant is in, but I bet you don’t recognize the plant! It’s grown so much in the damp humidity we’ve been getting. Also you’ll see one of our cucumbers and a cantaloupe. Cantaloupes are green before they grow the netting and become brown. And of course our little corn field. I’m pretty impressed with it, myself. It keeps falling over in the rains though. I’m trying to figure out a way to prop them up better and stimulate more root growth. They are growing ears! So they must be fine. I’ll just keep helping them stand back up after a storm I guess.

Oh my, life does move on with our without us, doesn’t it? Sometimes it’s hard to keep up, Keep calm and carry on, it’s the only thing that makes sense.

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