Autumn in Wallingford…

The chill in the air brings the end of our garden projects, and the beginnings of our indoor crafty projects….knitting needles are out, weaving has begun, and high hopes for all handmade, grown, or crafted gifts for Christmas! The last of the meat chickens are processed for the year, it’s just greens left in the…

The October garden…

The last of the harvest! We just brought in all the pumpkin, winter squash, gourds, eggplant…but the kitchen garden is still growing, herbs and greens. We had our first frost, are in the midst of chicken processing, rearranging rabbits, and general canning mayhem! Some pictures…

The tomatoes

We go through a lot of tomatoes here, I’d say at least a few quarts a week, between marinara, pizza sauce, tomato soup…etc. so putting up tomatoes for the year is an EVENT here in these parts. Some evidence… Introducing complete tomato canning mayhem, a week long pressure canning marathon…..I’m so happy with the results….but…

The things I didn’t plant…

(Or at least, didn’t plan to…) Pausing for a bit to take pictures of the beautiful things growing in the garden, that I didn’t plant….reminds me of last year, envisioning a field of sunflowers, I turned some soil and planted a TON of sunflower. Around 5 lbs of sunflower seeds, and not a one came…

August garden and kitchen update….

Busy days here, in the garden and kitchen. So much to harvest, process (and eat), and also some disappointments. The kitchen garden is fantastic, and never ending, seemingly, in supplying us with greens and herbs….recently reseeded with spinach where the lettuce was done. The main garden, both vegetables and weeds are doing fine…😀.they are neck…

July 22 garden update!

Some garden update, in pictures…the kitchen garden is amazingly green and lush, providing us with daily salad and greens, and beginning to provide green beans, cucumbers, peas, and the first few cherry tomatoes, and herbs for our salad dressing, general cooking, and pesto… The main garden is doing great, with the first of the zucchini…

Garden update, July 15…

And various projects…such as blueberry picking and canning.. drying egg and greens noodles.. The freedom ranger (our new meat chickens) have arrived, plus Marc built them a brand new, extra large brooder box! The baby turkeys are free ranging.. I’m (ahem) apparently addicted to chalk paint… And the garden… Growing, growing, growing! See you next…

What to do with all those greens…

What to do with all those greens, or, more aptly titled, how to sneak greens into my children’s food… We are swimming in kale, chard, spinach….here is one way I like to preserve it! 1 giant bowl of greens, cooked down into 2 cups greens, plus 8 cups flour, 8 eggs, 1 tsp salt… The…

July garden update

The garden is really popping, feeding us daily now, with enough to share. The greenhouse is insanity, with tomatoes about 7 feet tall now…green tomatoes everywhere, and the first of the cucumbers are here! The main garden is doing really well, carrots, beets, green beans growing steadily. The cabbage is still getting its footing, but…

Garden update, end of June…

Main garden, below.. More aptly titled, what they ate…and what they didn’t eat! We’ve had a terrible problem with little critters eating our tender young plant starts. Mostly the cabbages, green beans, dried beans, and kale….and I think the beet seeds and squash seeds I planted.  But they most definitely didn’t like the onions, tomatoes,…

Strawberry jam

Strawberry jam, our absolute favorite…begins with fresh local strawberries (9 quarts, about 9 lbs) We wash, cut, and simmer with 5 cups sugar, the juice and zest of one lemon…for about 45 minutes to an hour, until it’s nice and syrupy.  While its cooking, I sterilize the jars, 8 pint jars…and the lids.  When jam…

Garden update -first day of summer! (June 20th)

The garden is about done being planted, just about (except for that patch where the pesky groundhogs keep raiding….cabbages..) I’ll fill that in with some replacements from the greenhouse…. The kitchen garden is really doing well, cardboard mulch is my new favorite weed block/mulch method, blocking weeds then breaking down by the end of the…