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.


Sunday, June 3, 2012

Harvesting time

Howdy all!

The harvesting and canning has begun and this week has been busy.  We've canned pickles, salsa, stewed tomato's, and frozen fresh picked blue berries and black berries. 

First up salsa.  Fresh made with Roma tomato's, green peppers and hot red peppers from the garden.  Add some onion, cilantro, garlic, salt and pepper and there you go! 

Here it is cooking in the pot!

 And here is the finished product after Lori canned it, 10 pints total!  spicy and delish!

Next we picked a peck of pickles.  Ok, i'm not sure how much a peck is but it came to 8 quarts of whole dill pickles and 12 pints of sliced ones.

Here they are in the pickling brine.

and here's some of the finished product.

Lets do some stewed tomato's!  All except the onions are from my garden.  I used some of my Roma's as well as red and yellow pear tomato's.

In the pot simmering.

Cooling on the table, 12 quarts total.

They all look so good,

The Green peppers will be done next week.  In addition to what we have used we froze 10 quart bags of chopped green peppers.  4 gallon bags of blackberries from the pick your own farm as well as 2 gallons from my own bushes.  Today we hit the pick your own Blueberry farm.  We have picked 4 Gallon bags worth of blueberries for goop and jams or syrup. That was 12 pounds worth.  We will go get more in a couple of weeks as well as some peaches!



Blueberry goop

Ok, Its officially called a crisp.  Lori couldn't give me a name for it when she first made it for me, so we have called it goop ever since.  We also make it with all kinds of fruit, but we just finished picking 12 pounds of blueberries.  Lets get started then!

 First the recipe!

4 Cups of fruit!
1 cup of flour
3/4 cup of sugar
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 cup Mayonnaise
Place the delicious fruit in the bottom of 8 x 8 baking pan.
Stir the dry ingredients to gather and mix well.  Add mayonnaise until the mixture resembles course crumbs.  Sprinkle over the fruit.
Bake for 40 minutes or until browned at 400 degrees.