4th of July garden update

Early morning, 4th of July. The garden is starting to pop. We are just starting to harvest the first of the peas, lettuces and kale daily, the first of the spinach….and some calendula flowers here and there. We picked a couple of pounds of currants, and made our first red currant jam! Some pictures:

Winter has arrived

It is now mid November, and winter has arrived!  Even after living here in Vermont for over 15 years, it always manages to take me by surprise.  The garden season is done, we have our winter squash and garlic tucked away for winter, and now we make the shift to spending most of our time…

Garden update, almost August!

Garden update, it is almost August!  This summer seems to be flying by faster than usual.  We are starting to harvest our summer squash and zucchini, peas, beans, and the beginnings of the cherry tomatoes…along with the herbs, and we have harvested the garlic.  (around 900 garlic, that was a lot of garlic….our house smells…well,…

Garden update, 4th of July!

The garden season is in full swing, with everything planted (almost)…and the plants finally starting to take off! The greenhouse tomatoes are happy, and growing quickly…I have to clip them up about twice a week now. The container peppers that we started in buckets in the greenhouse are way ahead of the peppers we have…

Garden 2019, the first week of June

What a strange spring it has been!  Cold, rainy….and then more cold and rainy, and now, finally…..warm gardening weather!  We have the garden almost all planted, working in bits of time between bouts of rain.  With a finally tally of 900 garlic, 50 pepper, 84 tomato, 112 cabbage,  90 mounds of winter squash (mostly butternut,…

Rebatching farm to tub soap

So why rebatch soap?  It is essentially remelting and repouring a soap batch, and I do it primarily because the chemical process to make soap can degrade the essential oils and other lovely ingredients one might want to add to the soap to either color or scent it.  Once the original soap recipe has cured,…

Making lard soap

A perfect winter project, transforming the abundance of lard a nice local farmer gave me into lovely handmade soap!  I got the lard in the spring, but with gardening projects, and general summer mayhem, never got around to making the soap.   Lard keeps well though, in the freezer, or rendered and pressure canned.  …

Home grown ketchup

Ketchup was on the canning list this year, being so well loved in this house. Also, it’s pretty hard to find ketchup in the store that’s not loaded with corn syrup. Plus, we conveniently grew most of the ingredients (minus the peaches, hopefully one of the three peach trees will produce next year!) The sweetness…

Herbs for winter

The herbs that we grew this year are all harvested, and either dried, or tinctured, or steeped in oil!  Although some day, I would love an extensive herb garden, right now I focus on just growing a few of my favorites each year.  This year I grew calendula, for skin ailments, and to add to…