With all the unrest and worry around the country, it’s no wonder doctors are seeing a spike in depression, countrywide. But I feel lucky; as homesteaders, Will and I have real world things to occupy our minds. Every day it’s nice, we cut and split firewood. Will brings in a wheelbarrow load, which sits on a rug in our entryway, in the house to further dry and stay handy until the next day when he stacks the leftover wood in the wood box near the living room wood stove. We’ve been blessed with dry weather lately that’s above normal in temperatures. So he cuts a chainsaw gas tank’s worth of firewood from the pole lengths he’s brought in over the spring and summer, then, later in the day, we split the pile. The next day, he unloads it. Our one old pig house is now stuffed full and this truck load is going into the last old pig house. How wonderful that is to have all that dry, seasoned wood, under cover; cords and cords of it, right off our land.
Meanwhile, I’ve been concentrating on seeding out some more pumpkins and squash. (Few pumpkins will store more than a few months, at best.) The first was a couple of Lakota squash. They have nice, thick meat with a wonderful aroma. I’m making a couple of pies out of the biggest one and canning up the other half in dices. I take out the seeds then rinse them in a strainer, in the sink, under warm water. Then I pat them dry with a folded paper towel and place them in a single layer on a cookie sheet. (Gee, I’ve used more cookie sheets lately doing this than making cookies!) After drying in a warm spot for about two weeks, they’re safe to store. I love it that one cob of corn will plant a 10′ x 10′ spot and one squash will give enough seeds to plant nearly half an acre! Plants are so generous!
So, folks, do what you can about COVID; self isolation, wearing masks, washing your hands, etc. Then enjoy your crops, stay warm, and save seeds. — Jackie