Seedlings

seedlingsIt’s that time of the year again. I like to grow my own veges because I know what kind of fertilizer I use and I know that I’m not using anything chemical that may potentially cause harm in the long run to the people eating these veges.

I have a big window in my kitchen that is perfect for seed germination. Now that the seedlings are large enough to transplant, they will be put into larger pots and transferred to the green house. There they will grow a little more and in time be transplanted into the garden.

If you have the ability to grow your own food, it is highly recommended so you can avoid the nasty chemicals that ends up in the fields in America. There are a few sustainable farms in the Pacific Northwest that carry only organic produce and the things that I can’t grow myself I buy there.

It makes a discernible difference in the taste of the food when you buy organic or grow your own.

Try growing in pots if you don’t have a yard big enough to have a garden.

God Bless and happy growing!

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Taking Care of the Harvest

This year the good Lord gave me a bumper crop of grapes. I have champagne, concord  and Merlot grapes. My husband will be making wine from most of the champagne grapes but I made juice from the Merlot and concord grapes.

This years harvest yielded 11.75 gallons of red juice and 18 gallons of champagne juice. We will use fifteen gallons to make the wine and the rest will be used for jelly and gifts.

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The picture on the right is a steam extractor. Pretty simple really but very slow. I spent three days juicing the grapes to remain juice. It is very tasty I must admit but this year I left the champagne grapes on the vine until they began to fall off on their own. Which was late October. Then I spent two days picking and three days juicing. It was well worth the effort.

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We will have juice to share for the holidays and I will mull some of the wine from last years harvest to serve at our get togethers.

The best part of this whole process is the fact that the juice is completely organic and I know exactly what the process was and how clean the area was that was used to can the juice. I love that part!

May you have the merriest of Christmases and Happiest of New Years,

God Bless!

 

Refurbishing my garden

I found this flower rack at a liquidation store and purchased two of them for $20.00 per unit. I admit it was in impulsive thing to do but I also thought that I would find a use for them and I couldn’t pass them up for the price.

 

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I dragged them out of the box and found that the gallon pots fit very well into the spaces, (I have quite a few gallon pots leftover from landscaping the yard),  so I decided it would be a great place to plant my bush beans as I have an incredible number of slugs in the area. Last year my beans were eaten by the slugs and my family got very few of them. I don’t like to use pesticides or slug bait and the beer always gets knocked over or perhaps the raccoons drink it?!? This seemed like a viable way to handle the problem. We’ll see. I also hate to weed and this was a way to cut down on the weeding while getting a lot of plants in a very small area.

I like to take full advantage of the spaces that I have to use so I hung the lemon cucumbers up on the pavilion in pots. They like to trail and can take advantage of the chains and cross bars on the structure.

I also have quite a few topiary structures that the peas will be happy to cling to.