Thursday, September 16, 2010
First Signs Of Autumn: Pumpkins, Hops, and Rain
I have them in a clean bath tub in the hall bathroom with the little heater on, but haven't figured out the humidity part. So- I'll probably leave them the rest of today, put them in the garage at first, and then as the weather gets colder, they'll probably wind up on the north wall of my bedroom which is the colder room in the house in the winter. After all that, I'll just hope for the best. I decided not to process them all at once because I'm getting picky about what goes into the freezer which doesn't have a lot of room in it anymore, and because I want to try the dry storage thing- you know, like root cellaring. I don't have a basement or a decent hill in which to build a cellar, so I'm starting slowly in that department. We'll just have to see and I'll keep you posted on that. Pumpkins are supposed to keep for three months if all is right in their world, so that should take me to mid-December.
Also this week, we harvested the first of the hops and dried them. They smell awesome and I'm already thinking about where in the backyard to move them so that we can really let them grow and get big and covered in cones. They just smell wonderful. I'm not sure if you have to be a beer drinker to appreciate them, but I have to admit that smelling them makes me hanker for a pilsner.