into the drink: making pickles, drowning beetles
LIKE CLOCKWORK THEY START TO APPEAR ABOUT NOW: A first harvest of cucumbers, and also one of Japanese beetles. Into separate and quite different “brines” they go as fast as they develop, one a vinegar-salt formula, the latter a bit bubbly. In case you have either the blessing or the curse or both to harvest about now, I offer up my best recipes: one for Refrigerator Pickles, the other for Beetle Juice–a beverage nobody drinks, but somebody drowns in…guess who (click to see, below)?
For those of you experiencing serious Japanese beetle issues, you may also have moles (who like to feast on the beetle grubs). More on that very closely related topic, and on ridding oneself of the beetle grubs for a healthier lawn and fewer beetles and moles, is here.