I love growing my own potatoes. This is my second year doing it, and it is fairly easy to do (except for digging them up). And they are guaranteed organic! We had a fairly good potato harvest this year, but I saw last year that they did not cellar that well. They last a fairly long… Read More Pressure Canning Potato Soup
This year has probably been the best year for us as far as canning, and what has really enabled us is learning how to use a pressure canner. There is a scientific relationship between pressure and temperature – they are directly proportional, meaning as one increases, so does the other. The pressure canner basically facilitates… Read More Pressure Canning Ratatouille
This right here is a staple in our house! This is our third year making our own sauce, and we go through at least 70 quarts a year. In previous years, and once already in the spring, I have bought a couple of boxes of canning tomatoes from the farmer’s market at about $8-$10 a box.… Read More Homemade Pasta Sauce
In the past, I have liked playing war games on the computer like Age of Empires, the kind were you have villagers gather resources and you get to build different types of soldiers to do battle. There are times when I have not prepared my defenses adequately and an acute sense of panic hits – the… Read More Overrun! (with Tomatoes)
Rain and Wind With the heat, I have appreciated the evening rains. The wind and ferocity of the rain, I do not appreciate! Saturday morning I awoke to the corn knocked down, and some stalks had knocked down my poblano pepper plants. I am not sure why my corn is not stable. Is this normal? It has… Read More Rain and Wind, Harvest, Weeding, Preserving!
Whew, where to begin… Ah, yes! Peas and Quiet Saturday began with an early morning harvesting more peas. Nice and cool with birds chirping and frisky squirrels chasing each other high up in the hardwoods. Earlier in the spring, when the peas started to come in and flower, they were so tall and the blossoms… Read More Busy Weekend!