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How to Make a Huge Batch of Grape Jelly

Step 1: grow grapes and spend time nurturing, supporting and trimming the vines for maximum production\
Step 2: go back in time 3 days to a simpler time when birds did not know that the grapes were a food source…

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dang you birdholes! I had plans to eat several hundred biscuits with that jam! I think next year we will harvest a little earlier and not wait for the weather to turn cold..the birds apparently did all damage over the course of 1 day..’Hey, D- I noticed a bunch of birds in the yard yesterday’ but they were not back when I cam home today’ maybe some netting for end of season…or an early harvest..or an ambush. I have a year to plan.

 
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Posted by on October 23, 2016 in Gardening, produce

 

Full Swing

Nice to have the heat of summer back..and the garden is starting to pop..including there new Scarlett runners ( in a temporary space for this year while we finalize the yard space).

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And the grape trellis is really growing like crazy..had to trim it down twice already as it was getting hard to walk by without the vines attempting to pull you in..looks like a bumper crop this year. Soon all the perennials will be flowering too which will help beautify the situation…very dry for the last month too…which is odd for the area.

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Posted by on July 3, 2016 in Gardening, produce

 

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Chow and Jam

No,  not the chow and jam dance moves..

We have not really done much canning and with the tractor and the potential for a proper cold room (and room/plans for a bigger garden) we wanted some practice..

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Making a concerted effort to try to use what we produce..not that the grape vines produced much.

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Posted by on October 7, 2015 in food, Gardening, produce

 

Jam

Went blueberry picking with the family..and A* and I overpicked on purpose..to make a batch of blueberry anise jam..

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..the blueberries were plentiful, plump and purple..OK, blue…but they were yummy…about 1/2 hour after starting we had around 10lbs,

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..boil the berries with the spices..add extra sugar boil some more then add pectin..The most complicated part about making jam is preparing the mason jars!

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..and the 12 finished jars of jam..we made some with basil, thyme and some with rosemary as well..a first batch of blueberry jam for us so we did not want to overcomplicate things.

 
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Posted by on September 8, 2013 in fun, produce

 

Sour Grapes…(to be determined)

..we had bought some grape plants around a month ago and they have been sitting in our window growing..and growing..and were beginning to take over the windowsill..so we took matters into our own hands and got them in the ground. We had big plans for a trellis but for now we opted for not killing the grape vines by keeping them indoors for too long.

During the ‘planting’ I accidentally crushed one when I tripped..it looked to be in bad shape so I planted it anyway..in its own space..if it makes it it makes it.

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The location for the ideal setting for the grapes was right where the boler was parked all winter..so first thing to do was to move the boler ( which became clean the boler, go into the attic for the boler cushions and start the propane fridge (horray, cold beer!)). For the other 3 vines ( and there are 3 different varieties in total) I dug a hole, amended the soil and planted..then surrounded them with rocks so the grass would not take over.

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..and gave the grapes a stick to climb..grapes are like monkeys and need something to climb otherwise they get bored…but in all seriousness, something more elaborate for the vines to climb is coming soon..hopefully before next spring.

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Boxed Veggies

oops..where the heck did my writeup go?

Well Spring is casually making a go of ending the cold weather..slowly. We have started in on our garden..inside in all of the windows we have smal plants on the go and so today ( or the other day since I am rewriting this) we cleared off the garden boxes and replanted the early plants ( a little late but whatever!)..lettuce, kale, spinach, beans..we need to get some onions while I am on the subject! As of right now we have 5 of the 6 boxes planted..We DO have the other 8 new boxes to plant (once we amend the soil) so we should still have room for the multitude of tomatoes on the way!

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..and just a couple shots of our weathers outside concrete ornaments which we did not store over the winter..they are beginning to fall apart..amazing that there are actually green places in the flower beds..a little anyway!

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Posted by on April 22, 2013 in Gardening, produce

 

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Crap!

Got a load of crap dropped in our yard..again. Our last load turned our ordinary squash into super squash so we figured we should get some more before the snow flies..which makes me sad.
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Manure, shit, feces, poop..it’s all crap to us! hehe

 
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Posted by on October 6, 2012 in Animals, Gardening, hard labour, produce