As part of a project, I got the USDA to send me some seeds for two plants that grow wild where I live. I would rather have gotten transplants or bareroot bushes or something, but all they could send me was seeds.
The thing is, in the past 10 or 15 years, the population of these plants has...
John actually made a request of me as far as my gardening goes. After canning some 20 jars of quince jelly (which he will not touch because he hates quince, even tho the jelly doesn't taste like quince) he asked me how come I didn't make any apple jelly. I told him it is because I didn't get any...
Ok, it's going to be 25 degrees F tonight. I have some strawberry plants growing in plastic soil bags outside (they are doing quite well actually)
What do I do with them
Should I cover them up with leaves or something? :/
I just posted a blog about this. It's the darndest thing. I have looked like crazy and not figured out what it is. Would you check out the mystery bush?
I much appreciate it.
Someone gave me some quince today. I saw a LIVE worm in one of them!! :o
How do you keep worms out of fruit, anyway? And is it OK to use the fruit where the worm hasn't been? I mean, with the quince the worm left an obvious trail. But if you wanted to make jelly, could you cut around it? Would...
I have goldenrods. I would swear some of them are ten feet tall. Like towering goldenrods!
They used to grow all over our pasture, but we've been mowing it this year. Now they are only growing along the fence. Is just pulling them up going to get rid of them?
I do hope to plant some things...
No idea what kind of tree this is. Was on the property when we bought it. When I first saw it, it was about this time of year (two years ago) and I kind of wondered if it was a fruit tree. But it never gave any indication.
There is another one of these that was totally blown down by hurricane...
I have what I am sure is a maple tree of some kind growing near my house (too near, but it was there when I bought the place.)
I don't know what kind it is.
But, anyway, I want maple syrup. And I have read that you can get syrup from different kinds of maple trees, but sugar maples make the...
Sorry, I can't find them. Maybe I am just being dense.
One of them is a website for a guy who grows lots of fruit trees close together. He grows them like shrubs.
And the other is for a family in California that has an urban farm on a small lot. Their whole yard, front & back is growing edible...
Mushrooms are growing all over the place in my yard and garden. I mean seriously and inexplicably, everywhere... even in garden beds that are filled with dirt I bought in a bag...
I think mushrooms are cool (fairy rings!) and it really doesn't bother me. But... err... should I be concerned?
I don't know what it is called when you build a little clear plastic tent over your vegetable beds so you can grow them in cooler weather.
Does that make them taste bad like hot-house veggies sometimes do?
I have never done it. Just thought about it. And weighed the pros and cons of having...
Ok, I've found several pressure canner recipes for tomato pasta sauce. I guess that's marinara sauce, right? But they all seem pretty bland. (tomatoes, a couple herbs, some onions) I like my spaghetti sauce to have lots of stuff in it!
I wanted to share this because I was shocked and amazed. I guess maybe some of you may think this is obvious, but yesterday was the first time I'd ever seen it and I was wowed.
There was a paper nest of guinea wasps (they are extremely mean little things!) right by my office door. The young...
Now that I got my new pressure canner (woohoo) I am about to sell my old boiling water bath canner. I just can't afford the space for these two big bulky items that do the same thing. Anyway..
with all this talk about steam canners, it got me wondering.
In a boiling water bath, you cover the...
I'm getting a lot of veggies a little at a time. I end up putting them all in the freezer (blanch, bag & drop in the deep freeze) because I don't have more than a few pints at a time.
I find I'm getting a freezer full of stuff over time. So, now that I have three gallons of beans, could I take...
The University of Georga offers a free online study course called-
Preserving Food at Home: A Self Study
I signed up for it. It took them several days (like they said it would) for them to set up an account for me. But they did get one set up and I started the class today.
It's REALLY COOL...
Ok, I reallyreallyreally want an asparagus bed. Per the directions in a book about planting vegetables in Mississippi, I should start them in January.
I had already selected a small space of land along a sunny fence line and started working on it to get it ready to plant there.
But I have had...
I'm so excited! I have it at work with me. The UPS driver just delivered it today. I have been trying to think what I can preserve in it today because I can't WAIT to get home and try it!!!!!!!!!!
Anyone have a recipe for preserved leaves and twigs? LOL