[gardeners] Fall harvest stuff

George Shirley (gardeners@globalgarden.com)
Thu, 11 Nov 1999 08:58:23 -0600

The chiles are still producing well so yesterday evening I put up 6
half-pints of Hot Chile Jelly. I must say it came out very good so
there's a lot to be said for following directions. ;-) I make it in 6
jar batches as the recipe doesn't double very well. Today I plan to make
two more 6 jar batches as the jelly is popular within our family and
among friends.

Also chopped and froze a batch of garlic chives and another of onion
chives yesterday. Decided I like them better chopped and frozen versus
dehydrated. A little more trouble to store but works better in cooked
dishes. As mild as our temperatures have been I could probably just cut
fresh each time I need some but like to cover the plants with leaves for
a couple of months and let them "rest."

The Amsterdam (leaf) celery is doing very well with the somewhat cooler
weather and I am cutting it back about once a week. The leaf celery does
get dehydrated as I only use it in soups and stews and dry works as well
as frozen. The slow-bolting Italian parsley (read non-bolting as it has
been in the ground since early spring and has never bolted) is also
doing well so I made another cutting this morning. Had been leaving it
alone so the caterpillers could graze it but they've all grown up to be
butterflies now and have flown away.

The fall radishes are coming in fast so we planted another batch
yesterday and will do another batch next week. Reckon we both just like
radishes a lot. Last year I pickled some radishes with garlic cloves and
carrot sticks and they came out excellent. Since the whole family likes
pickles of all kinds we tried the experiment.

Well, gotta go start making that hot chile jelly if I want to get done
in time to put on a pot of chicken and dumplings for supper. Later.