Part of the garden . . . potatoes, onions, beets, green beans and carrots
One garden project this week for Leah and I was hilling up the two rows of potatoes which was quite the job! I tilled along each side of the rows and then used a rake to pull the first round of dirt up around the plants and Leah followed with the hoe to pull up the rest. We had a fun time working on this together, though we were both rather tired by the end of it! With it being a total of 320 feet that we covered, it was a lot of dirt to move. :)
All hilled and ready to start growing lots of potatoes . . . hopefully :)
The strawberries are starting to ripen! I harvested the first few deliciously sweet berries last night.
There are quite a few apples on the trees this year! Leah did the big job yesterday of spraying the fruit trees. If all goes well, we should have a good harvest of peaches and apples.
Our 'salad bar' . . . several different varieties of lettuce, spinach, and radishes
Speaking of salads . . . we began making our own salad dressings years ago, and here is our favorite one to use. It is very easy to make and so good, too!
-1 cup mayonnaise
-1/2 cup sour cream
-1/2 tsp. dried chives
-1/2 tsp. dried parsley
-1/4 tsp. garlic powder
-1/4 tsp. onion powder
-1/8 tsp. salt
-1/8 tsp. ground black pepper
In a bowl, whisk together all ingredients. Cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes before serving.
And if you prefer French dressing over Ranch, here is a great recipe version for that . . .
-1 cup ketchup
-3/4 cup white vinegar
-3/4 cup vegetable oil
-1/2 cup sugar
-1 teaspoon salt
-1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
In a jar with a tight-fitting lid, combine the ingredients; shake until sugar is dissolved.
On a different note, this afternoon Mom, Leah and I went to the homeschool highschool graduation of a friend of ours. We first met her when she was a young girl and she came to a Bible study that Leah and I helped teach (we were in our mid- to upper teens at the time.) I also taught her sewing and quilting lessons for many years, and then she was a part of Leah's and my 'girls group' during all of the years that we had that.
She has grown into such a sweet young lady, and it was special to be able to attend her graduation!