Our garden seems parched this year, the sun is blazing hot and seems to be drying the soil out quickly. Here are some ways you can save your water to reuse in your garden. My husband and I do this in the summer, and when we find the garden is dry. We use rain barrels, we also use the hose, but if we can save our water and re-use it, then it’s doing double duty and not just swirling down the drain. These are not yucky ways – my husband would love to set up a grey water system to empty the tub, but I’m not going that far.
- Fruit and vegetable rinse water. A small pot or tub in your sink under your colander when you are rinsing your vegetables to capture your water.
- Spaghetti or pasta water – pasta water won’t hurt your plants, just be sure to let it cool first.
- Canning water – same as spaghetti or pasta – let it cool first, even the water used to boil your jars or lids can be used.
- Hose water from rinsing your hands or feet after gardening before you go in the house. You know you do it so you won’t …
There’s a frost on the way tonight, and I’m a little more worried tonight than the last time they predicted it. I guess because it was so cold all day today, even with the cloud cover that I think it could be a serious threat. We still have plenty of veggies gathering up the last bit of sun that they can. It will be time for me to dig up the potatoes and the sweet potatoes, now that there’s is a real frost. We have pea flowers but haven’t tried a fall pea crop before. It may be that we planted the peas too late, but we thought we’d try. We also have cabbage and what would have been broccoli, if an animal hadn’t come along and peeled the plant back to the stems. How do they know they like broccoli, but not cabbage? Here are a few things to do to the garden to prepare for a frost.
First pick what you can – If it’s not able to be covered – for example, I had a couple of plants in separate beds that were individuals. I decided not to cover them, but to pick them instead. …Diana
Strawberry season is winding down in Ohio, but they will probably still be around for another week or so in some other places. We love strawberries, (we love most berries) and when I can, I’ll freeze some to use later. They go bad pretty quickly, so here are some tips from the California Strawberry Commission to help you get the most out of your strawberry picking/eating season.
Here are 10 tips from California Chef, Luca Rutigliano:
1) Choose strawberries with a consistent red color from top to bottom.
2) Make sure the stem is green and the skin is shiny and firm.
3) Inspect berries in container for signs of bruising or mold.
4) Refrigerate strawberries immediately after purchasing.
5) Before eating, rinse under cool water, pat dry and then remove stems.
1) After rinsing, gently blot dry.
2) Slice stem off at top of berry.
3) Place cut side down on a cookie sheet lined with waxed paper.
4) Place uncovered in freezer for 24 hours.
5) Transfer strawberries to a freezer bag or container.
Serving Tips from the California Strawberry CommissionDiana
1) Strawberries are most flavorful served at room temperature.
2) Serve just as they are or sliced in cereals, salads and served with any meal, …
What a nice surprise after a dreary, cloud covered day, chard from my garden that I used for our dinner. Isn’t that the coolest – in the middle of winter?! It’s just a little bit, but it was so delicious. ( PS ignore the wilty looking stems – I pulled that part out).
We have been so busy with track meets, it’s difficult to find time to cook, never mind writing about cooking. Hot dogs or burgers at the meets, or fast food afterwards. Sometimes a group of us will go to a restaurant and hang out, though usually it’s a buffet and portion control is always an issue there. My son is doing terrific, but he is one of the runners on the 4 X 4 team and they run the last race at every meet. An exciting, but usually poorly attended race because everyone leaves during the 2 mile race right before it. Last night, it was damp, and then turned rainy and cold. We stopped for the thunder and lightning, then went back out for the last two races. The kids are real troopers. We didn’t eat until 10, then because we were so hungry, we ate too much and didn’t sleep well. Well, what does that have to do with an herb day sale? When I was looking for the meet results (although we won the …Diana
Basil hates the cold and I didn’t take care of it before the first frost. It’s such a waste. I will go out and try to pick and dry the rest of the herbs that are still alive. Usually, I cut them at the bottom of the stalk or stem, put a rubber band around a big bunch and hang it upside down into a bag. Then after it’s dry I will put it into a small container of some sort. I have some spice containers for that purpose. Too late for the basil though, darn it. The other green stuff is Swiss Chard which doesn’t seem to mind the cold. My husband threw a plastic cover over top to help keep some of the heat in and it is thriving. Poor, poor basil, poor poor me without basil.Diana
My husband loves to grow Tomatillos. Tomatillos are a tart sour tomato (or tomato-like). We’ve planted seeds in the ground or in pots to grow our plants every year. It’s not a plant we can find in a store or nursery, so I decided to try them one time and we’ve done it every year since. Usually we just add them to our salsa’s when we make them, but this year I decided to make Salsa Verde or Green Salsa. This salsa is more of a fresh salsa. Since tomatillos are sour on their own, I didn’t add any vinegar and while it is delicious, I’m not sure of storing it long term. So this is a fresh made salsa to be used up.
Tomatillos grow on plants and they hang down covered in a papery husk (my husband says they’re lanterns). The tomatillos are in the plant picture, but it’s like a where’s waldo you need to look closely to see them.Diana
I try to grow fresh vegetables and fruit on my little two acre plot. My husband would love to be self sufficient enough to live off the land. I’m not so ambitious. I just want to grow some stuff and I’ll supplement what we can’t. Here’s the deal though. Don’t limit yourself to doing only what you have tried before. Try something new.
We had a party recently and some people wanted to see what we are growing. I showed them and I apologized because my garden has some weeds and is a little messy. I was kind of embarrassed, but they were impressed. We have tried growing things that they had not seen in a regular garden. Some of it was not too far fetched. One guy thought the dill was asparagus. I did have asparagus, but not right there. We also had Kale and Chard, those were new for us this year.
We grow tomatillos, and have grown them for many years, but we haven’t met another person who grows them. A couple of years after we started growing tomatillos they showed up …