8/21: Today I finished painting the last coat of paint on the front side of the pasture fence. I still need to do primer and paint on the back side and the other 2 sides of the chicken yard. It looks fantastic but I HATE PAINTING FENCES!. We also went to a wine tasting and art exhibit at the Chehalem Winery. We went on a tour and Harry was great about answering all of my questions about pruning grapes. I was a lot of fun and they has some very good wines.
8/19: FInish up the kiwi syrup today. I’m also working on some wild blackberry and blueberry jelly. Joe picked the blackberries the other day and I found the blueberries (a little dry) while cleaning out the freezer for defrosting.
I also harvested the garlic and it is drying in the garage. This was my first try at garlic and I learned that elephant garlic does not like my garden during a very wet spring – it rotted. I waited a little to long to harvest the hardneck garlic, as the scapes had straightened before I cut them off. We’ll try again next year and see if we can get a better harvest.