Never Say Never
emember the post about shooting myself in the foot, over and over? I’m still working on it In order to put the sheep in the greenhouse to clean up some weeds, I need to pull everything I want to save, or protect it from grazing. Another thing I am wanting to avoid is making cozy winter quarters for the voles. To that end, besides removing cover, i.e., weeds, I need to make sure I’m not providing food. Voles love sweet root crops, so getting the carrots out of the greenhouse was a priority.
Judging from the fresh nibbles, I’m not a moment too soon either. Now with a wheelbarrow load of carrots staring me in the face, I am going to do something with them that I have never done in my life. Can them. Until now I have not seen a need for canning any carrots because we always have good luck storing them in situ. At least by canning them, I will preserve them, and have them ready for soups and stews if anything happens to our crop outside. If you asked me five years ago about canning carrots I would have said I never can carrots. Silly me, never say never…
I also needed to pull the last of my red onions, which have been pretty handy to have in the greenhouse. But, sheep love onions, so these need to be graded and bagged and removed from little sheep teeth or they will disappear as fast as the carrots. I just used the last of my Walla Wallas last week and now I can concentrate on these. They only have a storage life of approximately 3 months, so I’m set for a while at least and then I can move into my storage onion stash.
Besides vegetables, I grew herbs and strawberries in the greenhouse this summer. I will let the sheep have the herbal tonic, but we are going to fence out the strawberry bed with
sheep hog panels in order to save the plants. These everbearing strawberries are really little workhorses, we have been eating berries out of this little 3′ x 12′ bed since May and they are still pumping out a few berries, just enough to choke down with some cream
So that’s my weekend – canning carrots and applesauce and trying to avoid the raindrops!