Paul, Rhiannon and I took a little walk around the property this morning, enjoying the relatively "cool" 90 degree weather. There's a path where the wild grapes grow and I was anxious to see how they survived the insane heat this summer. They didn't:
I still have a few other spots to check where I've seen other grapes grow, but somehow I think they must have all met the same fate.
Last September I managed to pick and process enough grape juice to make around sixteen pints of jelly. There are still six pints left in the pantry, but now I have to ration them so they last until NEXT year!
Kind'a makes me think how completely bare our pantry shelves would be (and how much thinner we'd be) if we had to grow our own food. It's not like we're even close to providing the bare minimum of fruits and vegetables for daily use, let alone having to have enough left over to can until the following spring / summer harvests. Throw in a bummer of a spring / summer crop and then you'd have to grow enough produce to have two years worth of canned goods.
It's not like our pantry shelves are bare though. We have the means to purchase our canned goods, but I'd like to start replacing the store bought stuff with homegrown goodies.
Got to go back outside and continue working on the fall garden!