Tuesday, December 28, 2010
A lot of them contain offers - they want your business!
Yesterday, I got one from Gurney's that had a coupon on the front for $20 off a purchase of $20 or more! And the $20 comes off after shipping is applied so if your total including shipping is $20 or less - you pay nothing!
I placed my order this morning -
11250 White Onion Sets for $5.99
14880 Mixed Bell Pepper seeds for $2.99
76100 Snow Pea seeds for $2.99
Total was $18.92 before coupon and $0.00 after coupon!
There is more that I will want to order but I am sure I will get other offers from other seed catalogs and I need to make my money go as far as possible.
Thursday, November 25, 2010
I had to dig down quite a bit to get to them. The mound where they were wasn't that high so I thought I would just brush the snow away and there they would be, but no, it just couldn't be that simple. They had actually fallen down and were laying flat on the ground and the snow was more like ice and I had to chip away to get to them, but once I got a look at those beauties I knew I had to keep working to free them!
Monday, August 16, 2010
I made some yummy plum sorbet
Friday, August 13, 2010
Here he is all serious about picking (he did pick a whole pail full for me).
Monday, August 02, 2010
and turning them into this!
To make this plum jam I pretty much followed the directions on the Sure-Jell box (the lower sugar one). Except that instead of finely chopping the plums, I just quartered them and then when they were soft I used a hand blender to puree them.
Thursday, July 29, 2010
8 pounds cucumbers
4 cups vinegar
12 cups water
2/3 cup pickling or canning salt (do not use table salt)
Wash cucumbers and cut off blossom end. (The blossoms contain an enzyme that will make your pickles soft and dark)
Soak cucumbers in ice water bath for about 4 hours, adding ice as needed. (this will make them crunchy)
Sterilize 7 to 8 quart jars (or twice as many pint jars if you prefer)
Cut cucumbers into spears if desired.
In a large saucepan or stock pot, combine the vinegar, water and salt. Bring brine to a rapid boil.
In each sterilized jar, place garlic and dill to taste (I use 3 medium cloves garlic halved per jar and 2 heads of dill) and 2 small grape leaves (the grape leaves are optional but if you have them available – don’t leave them out – they will keep your pickles crunchy!)
Fill jars with the cucumbers and then add brine (it should be boiling as you add it). Using a spatula, remove air bubbles, clean the rim of the jars and seal.
Process in a hot water bath for 15 minutes.
The longer you can wait to open the pickles, the better tasting they will be. I usually try to wait 6 to 8 weeks before testing but sometimes they get opened much quicker!
And here is the finished salad with the dressing on top. It was delish!
14 oz Silken Tofu
1/3 cup Agave Nectar (or maple syrup)
14 oz fresh or frozen raspberries (thawed)
2 Tablespoons lemon juice
2 teaspoons coconut oil
2 teaspoons red wine vinegar
½ teaspoon sea salt
Mix all ingredients until smooth in a blender. Refrigerate for at least an hour before serving
Makes about 1 quart
Sunday, June 06, 2010
Look at those pea plants. I know you are probably getting tired of seeing pictures of my peas, but I haven't grown peas in several years. I am so glad that Andy suggested we should grow them - they are so tasty and yummy!
Saturday, May 22, 2010
Take a look at the peas! Aren't they gorgeous? Mmmmm I can already taste them and they haven't even flowered yet - but I know that isn't long now.
And look what is popping up less than a week after planting - green beans! Those helicopters from the neighbor's maple tree are also plentiful this year!
I have already eaten lettuce, radishes, rhubarb and even a couple of strawberries from the garden - and it isn't even Memorial Day yet! Here's to hoping the rest of the growing season is just as great!
I have been intrigued for some time by those topsy turvy tomato planters - but not intrigued enough to buy one. They just looked so cheap - I was afraid that I would damage the plant getting it through the hole - and I heard that they needed watering constantly. That's why when I saw the Gardener's Revolution Planter from Gardener's Supply Company I just had to have it.
There is nothing cheap looking about these. I must admit it took me awhile to figure out how to put together the first one - I don't do so good looking at pictures - but once it was together the rest went real fast. These have heavy duty wire cages and thick fabric bags that open up - the bags zip shut and then you close the metal cages and clip them. Very sturdy. And they have a reservoir so you aren't watering them constantly - and they send lots of extra wicks!
I also ordered the 4-Arm Plant Hanger to hang the tomatoes. It is very tall and sturdy. No instructions came with it so I struggled a little with assembling it also - but luckily my child was helping me and he figured it out right away!
I planted 4 different types of tomatoes - I thought it might be interesting to see which ones do better. I planted Golden Rave, Roma, Amish Paste and Eva Purple Ball Heirloom.
I'm hoping this will be a better solution for me than staking or caging my tomatoes. I always struggle with keeping them off the ground. Of course I planted many more tomatoes that I am staking and or caging. I just used my last jar of home canned tomatoes from last year last week so I am anxious for fresh ones.
Friday, April 23, 2010
I'm still afraid to plant too much for fear that winter might come back but I have planted a lot more than in previous years.
Look at those beautiful pea plants. They are doing so great. Rain is coming in this evening and we are going to have a rainy weekend which is going to make those plants really start to climb.
Friday, April 16, 2010
Yummmmmm, I can just taste those fresh plums. I can't wait.
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
Here's a closer shot of the sprouts!
Wednesday, March 31, 2010
I got out in the garden this afternoon and planted sugar snap peas, lettuce and radishes.
And look - a tomato plant is pushing its way up - this is Golden Rave. I'm sure the other tomato varieties will be up soon also.
Monday, March 22, 2010
Speaking of the weather, Spring has decided to come very early to Minnesota this year. It is so hard to believe that a couple of weeks ago we had tons of snow and now it is all gone and everything is coming to life! I also know though that it is way early and winter could still decide to return. It is still nice to have the warmer weather.
I used old egg cartons to start my seeds in this year. I use Eggland's Best eggs and my recylcing company doesn't take the styrofoam cartons so I decided to get one more use out of them before they become trash. I don't know why I didn't think to use them before - they are just the right size. I cut holes in the bottom for drainage and then I cut them into sections of how ever many I wanted - some (like tomatoes and peppers that I plant a lot of) I kept as a dozen - others are cut into sections of 4 or 6 - very versitale. I wrote on the side with a sharpie what I had planted inside.
Here's to a fantastic gardening season for all gardener's everywhere!