Thursday, June 28, 2012

Backyard Jam...

....that's the name I give to Jams I make whose fruit come from my own back yard.  This morning I made a single batch of Rhubarb-Wild Strawberry-Red Currant Jam using only fruit that I grew myself.  Very satisfying.   Very delicious. In case you're a bit confused about my use of Red Currants at this time of year, they are last year's garden offering that I'd frozen for just such a fruit emergency....the emergency situation of having fewer strawberries than I thought I had and needing just a little more red fruit to make a nice balance.   If only all emergencies were of this nature:)



It's even tastier than it is pretty!


Monday, June 25, 2012

Chives


So simple and pretty.


Chive Vinegar.


The large jar has been steeping for a week and is ready, the small jar I just put together.  For those of you who haven't tried this, snip the blossoms from your chives and wash them, place in a clean jar and add white vinegar.  Wait about a week and you'll have delicious and very pretty chive blossom vinegar to use for salad dressings.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Harvest

My first harvest of the year (except several trips to the rhubarb patch).


Red Russian Kale, Rainbow Chard, Broccoli and Pea Shoots.  MMMmmmmmmm.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Monday, June 18, 2012

Weekend

This weekend was so beautiful weather wise, so Mr. Homesteader and I spent as much time out in it as possible.  We decided to try something a little different this year in the garden and built some simple raised beds out of lumber (some of it scrap).  We first laid some paper and cardboard on the ground to stop the grass and weeds from growing up into the bed, put the frames in place and filled them with compost and soil.  So simple.  We will also be mulching after the plants are all up to discourage weeds even more.  The mulching also helps to create more soil over time as it decomposes, giving you a till-free bed.  We haven't had a veg patch in a few years so we were excited to try this different method, hoping that it would be easier to care for.



We also used some split rims to make raised beds for peas, adding bamboo stakes for support....
"Pea Tee Pees"


As you can see, we also mulched all around the beds to keep everything tidy and manageable.  I think it's looking pretty good, can't wait to start enjoying the harvest.  I'll update as the garden grows.

Oh, and this is my absolutely "Berries Gone Wild" strawberry patch that I planted several years ago...



I get a pretty good yield from it, even though I have not really taken care of it:)

Monday, June 4, 2012

Another Weekend

This weekend was absolutely beautiful in my little section of the East Coast.  While hanging out in the garden smelling these....



...and these....



...oh, and those ones over there too....



....I made a new friend and hung about with him for a little while....


Happy Monday, hope you had a wonderful weekend too.