If we can keep the racoons and deer out of our corn we should have corn for the freezer, but I'm not sure we'll see potatoes this year. The tomatoes are looking rough and I'm holding tightly to the 24 quarts of tomato sauce I had leftover from last year. I'm just going to spend the days coming attempting to make the most out of what we get from the garden and that's all I can do. So many things can be said about preparation but you can only do so much. Some situations are out of your control. Not only do people need to prepare for the physical items - they need to prepare emotionally/mentally as well. You cannot go around worrying all the day long. Trust and faith in your creator are valuable commodities and are just as important in your preparations as a pantry full of food. In fact, they are the most valuable commodities you can have in your arsenal.
I just finished my dill pickles! Yay!!! These were the larger, not huge, but larger cucumbers so I just sliced them in large, thick slices. I'm going to be using most of these for making salads anyway so they will be put into my food processor and chopped up anyway, but they are also nice on a buffet table too. I'm in day 3 with the open jar pickles and they have to sit in the brine for 8 days before I have to do anything with them. I think I'll probably make some kind of relish with the next batch of cucumbers. I only have 2 or 3 pints of sweet relish and I use the fire out of that relish when I'm making egg salad so I think that's what I'll make next. I'd like to make a really good dill relish but I've just not been satisfied with the recipe I have. It's good but it's just not what I want. If anybody out there has a really dill relish, please, please, please send it to me. I would really appreciate it.
While I was outside getting dill I remembered I was totally out of garlic. I pulled 4 plants of garlic and oh my goodness, they are such a nice size. Here's hoping the sun comes out and dries up the garden enough that I can dig my garlic before it's too late.