Nov: Winter is Coming…

and it looks like we are ready for Christmas :)

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but, we’re not :)  These lights are  just what we need to keep our Lemon & Lime trees happy through the winter…

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good old fashioned 7w Christmas lights! Right now we only have enough for the lime, I’ll be searching for more..

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In the meantime, they are all covered with frost cloth; a trouble light & heating mat will keep the other 2 warm should the temps. dip below 3C

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The winter veggies need  winter protection too….

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Garlic has really grown since we planted them in Oct. I’ve never seen them grow this fast! Is that good? Bad?

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They have all been tucked in for winter with lots of straw! Except the Brussel sprouts…

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I’ll add a leaf mulch to them, mixed with grass clippings for a little nutrition…

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Carrots will be left in pots till we need them, and

the celery is going to be left in the garden!

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just a little longer ;)

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Oct: In the Garden

I know, It’s Nov 1st!

Here’s a few pictures of what has been happening :)

Carrots grown in pots, worked well , I’ll do that again next year…we still have 3 pots to harvest

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The last of our cucumbers were  pickled..

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Strawberries are still looking good..

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All the peppers have been pulled out of the Green House and are slowly drying..

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Sigh…this was the last of our fresh basil & dill

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The Tomatoes were still blooming mid Oct

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and some were ripening on the vine

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but it was time to clear the beds..

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Thee end of a great Tomato season-

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I’m still hoping to get some Brussel Sprouts for Christmas…

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Crazy Big Celery, and it is still growing…

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Beans and peas are now finished..

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Scarlet Runners for seed saving

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Their flowers & vines are so pretty and hardy, but they have to go….

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Planted Garlic on Oct. 10 ( the earliest ever for us)

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Taking advantage of a nice fall day ..

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Potato Pots were emptied, they did much better this year!

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The Crazy Artichoke plant was cut down, it must have been close to 12ft!

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A gift from friends

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used for …Brandied Apple Butter…

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& Apple Pie

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Its been a busy month …

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:)

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Organic Pickled Green Tomatoes !

Cooler evenings and damp weather have arrived .

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Which means many plants are finished for the year.

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The tomatoes have been amazing, now, we have loads of green tomatoes !

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I’m trying something new, has anyone else made these?

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Pickled Green Tomatoes!

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I’ve read several different methods, some people seem to prefer canning others just store them in the fridge.

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I chose to can them, along with some Thai Dragon & Cherry Hot Peppers.

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I havent tasted them yet :)

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Fingers crossed, hoping they will be edible !

The recipe that inspired me is here…

http://couponingincriticaltimes.blogspot.ca/2011/09/dilled-green-tomatoes.html

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Today : In the Garden

just picked …

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with my little shadow…

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Heres a few pictures of the garden:

Celery & Beans

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Brussel Sprouts & Peas

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Tomatoes, Eggplant, Peppers & Yellow Beans

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The 12 ft Jeruselum Artichoke…Yikes!

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:)

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Lemon Cucumbers for Pickles

These are a fun cucumber to grow,

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and have produced better, in the garden, than our English cucumbers. They do not taste like lemons, but have a nice  fresh taste with a crunchy texture

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so I thought they might be good for pickles :)

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We used the same recipe from last year and doubled it, mixing Lemon cucumbers with a couple English.

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I ran out of peppers so made them with out, hoping it wont change the flavor too much…

Bread & Butter Pickles

8 medium cucumbers

2 green peppers

8 small white onions

½ cup salt

Pickling Syrup:

5 cups sugar

1½ teaspoons turmeric

½ teaspoon ground cloves

1 tsp celery seed

2 tablespoons mustard seed

5 cups apple cider vinegar

Cucumbers, Onions & Green Peppers chopped up mixed with salt and a few handfuls of ice, cover & let it sit for 3 hrs

Drain and mix together with Pickling Syrup

Heat through but don’t boil.

Prepare your jars & lids, fill them and use a hot water bath to seal the jars.

Wait 5-6 weeks before opening, if you can :)

Here’s where I found this recipe..

http://naturallyella.com/2012/08/06/bread-and-butter-pickles/

 

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Pounder Tomatoes!

Black Krim is the star

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producing huge big juicy tomatoes

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this one is just over a pound

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more jumbo toms…

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It has been a truly abundant summer, our freezer is full!

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We are trying some new canning recipes!

This 3 Beer Salsa, is delicious & thick!

A word of warning , it is a “Hot” recipe, we cut back on using all of the pepper seeds and it still has a good kick!

Oh,  the beer isn’t in the salsa, that’s just there for any thirsty beer drinkers ;) The second batch is being made today!

You can find the recipe here..

http://www.thehungryhousewives.com/2011/12/recipes-vickis-3-beer-salsa.html

 

 

 

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What Does A Coffee & Medical Supply Shop have in Common?

and how does this relate to a gardening blog?

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Free Produce ;)

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My mom was just here visiting . On one of our coffee shop trips  a sweet lady came in offering bags of Figs from her garden, for free..of course I took one and they were awesome :)

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Its been a rainy day here today, I mean seriously rainy, so a good time to catch up with blogging

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and for cooking up this monster Zucchini , also a freebie from the Medical supply shop where we had borrowed a wheelchair…

They had a wheel barrel full of them , once we chatted with the staff and got the story where they were from, we grabbed one , it is one of the veggies I didn’t grow this year :)

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Today was the perfect day to chop it up and try a new soup recipe….yes soup in the middle of summer , it felt like the right thing to do ..

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and let me tell you , it was good ;)

Here’s the recipe:

5 lbs. of Zucchini chopped

3-4 medium Onions  chopped

6 Garlic cloves sliced

2 Chili peppers, chopped fine

1 cup Chicken Bouillon

Fresh Rosemary – I just grabbed several sprigs

Fresh Basil & Oregano- I didnt measure, just used a handful of basil and maybe a Tbsp. of oregano

Olive Oil

Salt & Pepper

Combine zucchini , onions , garlic and rosemary,  toss with olive oil and roast in a 375 oven till tender and just staring to brown, approx. 40 min. Discard rosemary stems. Puree vegetables, I used our blender , with herbs, chili peppers and bouillon , season to taste. reheat if necessary

I served this with  Creme Fraiche and diced tomatoes.

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