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Canning Cherries

July 17, 2010

Canning Cherries was the name of the game today and yesterday two of my boys and I pitted 40 pounds.


The results:

9 quarts of canned cherries

7 quarts of Cherry Rhubarb Pie Filling

7 pints of Cherry Pie Filling

7 pints of cherry juice

1 Cherry Rhubarb Crisp

1 bowl of cherries to snack on

1 batch of homemade cherry sauce ice cream topping.

And one or two very cute pictures.

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Let the Harvest begin!

June 17, 2010

We harvested  and froze snow bird peas today.  Brett loves to graze from the Garden.  He was pulling the little peas from the pod and eating them.  Little does he know just how good it is for him!  – How to Freeze Peas

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Freezing Spinach

June 7, 2010

I was freezing spinach last night.  This week I noticed something while out watering my backyard garden…

Darn my Spinach is already bolting!

(bolting = producing seed stalks, the plant stops producing leaves when it starts to bolt…. at least that is what I read.)

We have had some warm days here.  I was not thinking and planted my spinach in a very sunny location.  I’d have been smarter to plant where it was in the afternoon shade.

Oh well no loss.  I harvested it all out.  I read that if you cut the spinach off about an inch or so above the ground, sometimes it will shock the plant and it will stop bolting and produce more leaves.  I hope it works.

I saved some spinach  in the fridge for green smoothies or salads  now.  And could be found in my kitchen last night freezing spinach for next winter.  Won’t it be fun to have green smoothies with spinach from the garden in December.

freezing spinach

Canning tomatoes

May 12, 2010

Canning Tomatoescanning tomatoes

I just used my last jar of tomatoes.  Note to self:  Can more tomatoes this season.

Hmmm,  just checked last years records and I don’t think I was very diligent in record keeping.

I am sure I canned more than 27 quarts.

The year before I recorded 83 quarts of tomatoes,  not including spaghetti sauce, salsa or tomato soup. I had extra so I planned on doing a bit less… but only 27?  What was I thinking?

How many do you make?

Gardening in Colorado… an extreme sport.

May 2, 2010

” Gardening in Colorado may seem like an extreme sport”

Hmmmmmm…..

I think I need this book.
The Colorado Gardener’s Companion:
An Insider’s Guide to Gardening in the Centennial State

I told you Colorado Spring is Fickle!

April 29, 2010

I did not see this one coming.  I heard the storm last night and hoped that rain was coming in with the wind.  This morning when I woke up, I was totally surprised to see this!  And it is still coming down.

forsythia in the snow

My spring vegetable garden

April 28, 2010

Things are sprouting in the vegetable garden.  But I must…. not ….plant my other vegetables for a least a week or two.  Colorado spring is sooo fickle.

I’ve got baby spinach, baby peas, and baby lettuce sprouting. (pictures top to bottom)  These pictures were taken a few days ago and the plants are already growing.

baby spinachbaby peasbaby lettuce

Here is my favorite garden chair…. you know why it is my favorite garden chair?  My 3rd son the 14 yo went to the shed and got it for me cause he says  “I know you like to sit and watch your garden momma”   Isn’t he sweet.

my favorite garden chair

I’m sure you can see from my close up pictures of the baby vegetables that our dirt is well….. you could say it is rough.  Believe me we have added and worked on this ground.  This is just where we live and gardening is a challenge to say the least.   Water is the biggest chore… and it starts in the early spring.  When everyone else is getting rain… I start dragging hoses.

garde hose watering

garden rows