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Strawberry Freezer Jam

It is that time to preserve what we grew.  Here is my favorite way to preserve my strawberries.  Psst… and it’s really easy!
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These are some of the strawberries that I have been picking from my garden.
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I prefer to blend my strawberries, not crush them.  I am not fond of chunks.  I am pretty sure that this is NOT recommended, but I have had good luck for the last couple of years with this method.
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Next, I added the pectin.  Then the sugar.
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Once it was completely mixed and clump-free I poured the jam into the freezer jars.
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Here is the final product.  I let it set up for a while then into the freezer.  It will stay in the freezer for a year.

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Happenings at my Home

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For Mothers Day, I made my Mom this bag.  It was my first non-dress/nightgown.  I lined it with    lime green.  I think it turned out great.  I am going to have to make myself one too!

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Addison wanted a garden of her own.  So here it is, there are two of these raised planters.  There is one on each side of her playhouse.  She has pink flowers and red/green peppers growing right now.

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My garden has been changed over to raised beds this year as well.  In this picture I have spinach, lettuce, and arugula.  So far I am loving the beds.

So far I have sowed/planted

lettuce                   arugula

spinach                  bok choy

carrots                   onions

potatoes                garlic

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The Strawberries are flowering.

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Mommy and Addi’s watering cans.

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The Crabapple looks beautiful.

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My Garden

I thought I would give everyone an update on my garden as of today.  We have been having storms lately (thunder, lightening, wind & rain).  I have read that other gardens have been traumatized by them, but somehow mine has come out just fine. 

 I am currently trying to figure out what additive my plants are needing now.  I am having a little trouble with blossom end rot.  I noticed it a little on my tomatoes, but mostly with my peppers.  About a month ago I dug holes next to each of my tomatoes and placed banana peels in them.  I think they really liked that. 

The corn is doing well, nothing exciting to report on it yet.
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The tomatoes are loving the heat and see to be doing very well.  Just waiting on RED ones.
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The peppers are going crazy, but I need to address the blossom end rot with them.  I have a lot of flowers on the banana peppers but no peppers yet.  All the others have been producing.

The potatoes are popping out of the ground, some still green.  I just keep covering them up.  I think between the storms and the hens they have had a little help finding their way out of the soil.
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The carrots are doing great.  I pull one every once in a while just to see.
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Pumpkins are taking off.  I have quite a few.  A couple are turning already.  My JUMBO one that I have been waiting on is finally getting big.  Wasn’t the plant that I thought it was going to be though.  Oh well!  As long as I get one HUGE one, I am happy.

The gourds, like the pumpkins are doing great.
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The strawberries took a bit of a hiatus, but are on their way back, I think I will have some that need to be picked today.

The snap peas have just started producing.  I just picked my first 3 this morning.

Cucumbers are good.  Picked my first lemon cucumber today.

The onions are getting bigger.

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Strawberries Anyone?

Ok, ok, in my last post I may have acted like the only good thing I had growing was in a pot by my front door.  Well that’s not the case.  Other things are doing good as well. 

I took a look at the strawberries and to my amazement there were tons, and they needed to be picked ASAP.  So, my daughter went and got the sidewalk chalk buckets and a picking we went.  Soon I found myself yelling for my son to come help as Addi isn’t the best of help yet.  She did say “thank you Mommy/Brother” every time we gave her a berry to put in the bucket.  I thought I would share with you our 1st picking of strawberries.  I cleaned them, cut them and froze them.  I plan on doing the jam thing a little later in the season when I have more.

 

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Limited Space Strawberry Patch

 

My Aunt Linda is the one to thank for this post.  She is one of those people who’s wheels are always turning.  Every time I see her I just want to pick her brain even though I know that I cant possibly absorb everything she has to offer.  She is a wonderful resource and is always coming up with great ideas.  She had seen a Strawberry Tower in a catalog and knew she could make that! 

She was able to get 10 feet of culvert for free, the place even cut it in half so she could put it in her vehicle.  So off Linda went with 2, 5 ft sections of 14 in culvert.  Origionally it was black , but she didn’t want it to absorb to much heat, so she spray painted it with that Fusion paint that adheres to plastic.  She then dug a hole about 6 inches deep to put it in for stabilization.  Uncle Lonnie drilled 3 inch holes all around.  Linda did say that she wished that the holes were not so lined up and more uneven.  She began the planting portion by running a drip line up the culvert and gradually filling with aged compost.  When she got to a hole she had lids from larger yogurt containers cut in half, and placed them in on angles to keep the soil in.  She then put the plant in the hole securely and worked her way up to the next whole. 

What you do not see in the pictures is that Linda knew that the back side wouldn’t get as much light as the side we can see.  On that side she planted lettuce.  I spoke with her tonight and she said that since this picture was taken two weeks ago, the plants have about doubled in size.  She has already harvested some of that lettuce. 

I hope that someone out there gives this a try.  It is a great idea for those who might  not have much space or just don’t want to be bending over to pick those berries.  I look forward to hearing from those of you that do give it a try.  I am putting it on my to-do list, I cant wait to try this one! 

 

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No room to Garden? Yes you do!!!

 

I have referenced to EnviroMom before as they come up with some great stuff.  This is another one of those brilliant posts. 

I absolutely LOVE this.  I have plenty of space for my garden and this makes me want to strap a piece of gutter onto a wall and plant.  I really think I am going to.  Now obviousally there is no root vegi’s going on here, but let the greens grow!!!  Herbs and yummy strawberries too.  There are no excuses for not growing something edible this year.  Get plantin’.

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