Wednesday, September 7, 2022

"Hey Grandpa, what's for supper?"

I am picking Shenandoah pears. They are definitely ready at 2452 Growing Degree Days b50F. That is right at the five year average and 200 GDD b50 ahead of 2017 and 2019 and 150 GDD b50 behind 2018 and 2020. We are currently picking up about 20 GDD b50 a day.

American plums. These will probably go to a neighbor with a very restricted diet with the provision that I get the seeds back. I have projects, don't you know.

I picked Liberty apples today. The first tree had the ugliest apples I have ever seen on a Liberty. I hope the other two trees are better. The apples will benefit from a couple of weeks in a garage for in-box ripening.

Enterprise apple
 In the garden we are picking tomatoes, sweet peppers and zucchini. The Yellow Fin zucchini that I liked so much earlier this season revealed a flaw: The blossom does not fall off the end of the zucch cleanly. It makes for a messy product and a potential place for rots to enter.

Mrs ERJ made concentrated tomato sauce and canned 10 pints of it. It can be used straight for pizza sauce or diluted and used for pasta sauce.

I found another yellow-jacket nest. This one is 12' from the southwest corner of the garage. For whatever reason they are easiest to spot flying to-and-from their nest when the sun is slanting in at about 30 degrees.


  1. Those American plums make the best jelly. Sweet and tart all at the same time.

    Steve V.

  2. Sounds like some canning is fixing to happen!!!

  3. The apples and pears are earmarked for a family with three, young kids who live a bit to the south of us. As a matter of fact, I think she will be doing a bit of canning. The fact that the apples will wait is a bonus as she can slide that in when she has a bit of time.


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