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Canning Adventures

  • Friday, September 12, 2008
  • So I mentioned the amazing tomatoes I have -- and now I have amazing canned tomatoes.... I took teh plunge and figured out how to can, and you know what? It isn't that bad.

    It does take a LONG TIME..... so giving cans away is truly a labor of love. I now have 14 jars, and would like at least 30 for the winter. I had fun making striated jars with red, yellow, and green tomatoes- cool!

    The apples are now coming in as well -- so gotta start making applesauce and all that fun stuff.

    How embarrasing .... two months have gone by?

  • Gosh- how did this happen? Oh yeah, life, vacation, kids.....and squash beetles :)

    So I know I haven't written in awhile, but my garden is now much different than it was just a month again. The first major change was when I came back from vacation in mid August. While I was gone, it was very dry, and although my wonderful friend, Natasha, was a wonderful caretaker- my garden got stressed and got attacked at all angles. My squash was under attach by squash beetles, and some other bug got my cukes and watermelon. That then spread to my butternut squash .... and gosh, what was left? Oh right, my tomatoes have been coming in very well, and I have sizes and all kinds of colors and shapes and flavors. The Okra is doing fine --- I seem to be the only one that loves that stuff.

    Oh, must I forget, my SWEET POTATOES!!! I dug them up and they are amazing. Haven't tried them yet, but they look so great. It was such a surprise to pull up these massive roots. I have some pics of these I need to post.

    So since my garden took a sharp turn downhill, I have ripped up all the old vines, and my winter garden is now in session. The only orignal item still growing from the spring is my tomatoes....everyting else is tilled up and ready for something new. Thus far I have planted:
    • kale
    • turnips
    • beets
    • carrots (why not?)
    • mustard greens
    • spinach
    • salad
    • chard
    • garlic
    • onions
    • black garbanzo beans

    So we will see if and what comes up!