Jams are one of my very favorite things to can, and I enjoyed making it yesterday morning. First washing, hulling, and then crushing the berries . . .
Then getting the jars, canner, etc. all ready, preparing the jam, filling the jars, and then the actual canning. And now we have 10 half-pints of strawberry jam to enjoy! Which after last year without any strawberries thanks to the deer, it is definitely a treat.
In related news, I finally finished planting the last few things in the garden this morning! It is exciting and a bit of a relief to get the rest of it in. Usually it is all planted by sometime in May save for the winter squash, but all of the rain we have had has made it more difficult to work out there. It is raining hard yet again as I type (hopefully the seeds won't get all washed away!), and there is rain in the forecast each day for the rest of this week, too.
The rain sure has helped the plants grow well, though!
Part of the garden . . . beets, onions, and potatoes
This morning I also almost finished thinning the carrots before the rain came. Once they are all thinned, then they'll need to be weeded . . . as you can see, the weeds have been particularly prolific in the carrot bed!
In progress . . . these little weeds spread out right on the surface of the ground making them difficult to pull, though it is a lot easier when the ground is as wet as it has been.
As the rain is to continue through this afternoon, outdoor work is likely done for the day, though it will be pleasant working in the kitchen canning the strawberry-rhubarb jam!