Just get out and do it.

Welcome to my blog, Garden for Your Life! This site will be mostly about my garden, but you can build one just like it in your back yard too. It can be bigger or smaller, just get out and do it. You can do it for fun. Your can do it for your health. You can do it for fresh food in these troubled times. The point is to get out and do it for whatever reason that you need.

Over time I will cover topics like canning and preserving your harvest, soil and beds, bugs, what to plant and when, and much more.

I've been working on this garden on mine and improving on it for over five years now. I will continue doing that for many more. You can too, just get out and do it.

Ken

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

New season!

Howdy y'all

Well a new spring season of planting has begun here on SE Texas.  I'm in the process of amending all my beds to include Mel's mix from Square Foot Gardening.  So far I've finished 5 and a half beds.  The other half of the bed is a permanent herb bed so I can't do much with that one since its already planted with herbs.  My two other long beds have onions/garlic in one and veggies in the other.  both will be harvested next week and finished with Mel's mix.  Next I'll be making two 8 foot beds next to the gate.  All told I'll have 400 square feet of gardens!  I'm loving it, but tired.

Well, here's the pictures of what's going on around here.


A big 12 foot bed of Green peppers.


My Potato and bean beds.  The two far beds will have potatoes with beans
down the middle.  The other two beds will have Sweet Potatoes.


Hot Peppers!  L > R  Jalapeño, Cayenne, and Serrano!


Onions and Garlic.

Winter veggies for the rabbits.  Ready to clean out and redo.  This will
be my Roma tomato bed this year.  

My rain water bins.  275 gallons each.

Got a few Babies!

Pepper Had 10! of these cuties.  5 weeks old here.

Lori just loves holding them. 








Tuesday, January 21, 2014

winter garden update.

Howdy all!

It's been a while so here's an update on my garden.

Here's my leaf veggies!  At the far end, lettuce, red and green with napa cabbage.  the front half has carrots, radishes, and two kinds of Kale.  the second half is for the rabbits and the love it.



Onions and Garlic, still green in spite of a few cold snaps


Cauliflowers for DW

very tasty broccoli



Our herb bed doing well


My cold frames off so I can water


And in place for tonights cold snap

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Fresh Manhattan Clam Chowder!

Howdy,  I found a great recipe for Manhattan Clan Chowder.  Here's the recipe from allrecipe.com.

http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Manhattan-Style-Clam-Chowder/Detail.aspx?src=recs_recipe_seed

I added tablespoon of chopped garlic and some chopped BACON! to it.  After we tried the recipe we decided to make a big batch and can it.  It came out great!

Our test batch. It was so yummy!
We used home canned stewed tomatoes with onions, celery, and green peppers in it.
Next came the chopped carrots and potatoes. 

Add the spices, salt, and pepper and warm it up to mix well.

DW is adding to the pint jars

The first batch ready to go!

And into the pressure canner! 1 hour and forty minutes at 10 psi.

The finished product!  I love that ping as the jar cools.

Winter Garden

Howdy,  Here's an update on my winter garden. Half is going to be fallow and I now have the winter crops in.  
Onions on the left
Garlic on the right!
Three types of lettuce and napa cabbage.
Root crops, radish, kale, beets, and carrots.
I'll cover them in cold weather.



















A pail of sweet basil.
Parsley for the bunnies. 
Broccoli and califlower



The girls in the yard inspecting.




Canning Sausage!

Howdy,

Been a bit since I posted here, so here's an update.  We bought 20 pounds of breakfast sausages from Zaycon foods.  After I cooked it all up and sampled it to insure quality we canned the rest.  75 min at 10 PSI in wide mouth pints.

Cooked and ready to go!

Into the jar stuffing begins!

12 links per jar.

Don't forget to clean the rims very good with vinegar!  Oil on the rim would not be good.

Into the pressure canner, 75 min @ 10 PSI

The first batch cooling and tasty


Monday, August 26, 2013

Cookieeeeeeeee!

I love cookies!  Chocolate chip and sugar cookies are my favorite.  Lets make some sugar cookies with dried blueberries and cranberries in them.  First the ingredients.

3 cups of pastry flour. I prefer the finer flour as it makes a lighter cookie.
1 1/2 cup sugar
1 cup butter, not that margarine plastic stuff.
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 baking powder
nuts, dried fruit as you like.

Secret ingredient, a tablespoon or so of honey.  I think it adds a great taste to the cookie.

Heat oven to 375 and line your pans with parchment paper.  Makes clean up real easy.

Combine the soft butter and sugar together till its nice and creamy.  Then add vanilla, baking soda, baking powder, honey, and egg. stir together well.  Mix in the flour in a cup at a time till well mixed. Add any nuts or fruit and your ready to bake. 


I use a melon baller to scoop out my dough and put it on my pans.  It helps make them all an even size.  Bake for 10 min.  Cool on a rack or just paper towels like I do.






Sooooo yummy!