C&G Day: Canning and Gardening

We had a very productive day yesterday. The kids did not have any games or practice this week so we were able to sleep in; boy was it nice. Generally, even during the weekends, we are up early. With both of our kids playing sports, our weekends become very busy at times.

Lucky for us, today we had the opportunity to just chill… and work in the garden. I love gardening, my kids and husband enjoy it as well. My husband played Wiffle Ball with the kids while I focused on pruning along with staking our continuing growing plants.

The garden is looking amazing; very healthy including free of pests (except for the cats). Our tomato plants are still blooming as well as our zucchini, cucumber and bell peppers. We were able to harvest a few vegetables such as; beef steak tomatoes, golden cherry tomatoes, roma tomatoes, two zucchini, a bowl full of red potatoes, two strawberries along with about a pound of cucumbers.  The kids said our strawberries were very sweet and juicy, maybe next time we will have more than two to try them – maybe. I enjoy seeing them savor what our earth, hard work and dedication produce. Is such a simple task that rewards us in so many ways such as; appreciation, caring, effort etc. We were fortunate to harvest potatoes since four of our six plants did not make it earlier in the season. Therefore, we will be making an outstanding home-grown potato salad with a bit of fresh dill plus a touch of rosemary.

Mike planted some pumpkin seeds, we are not sure if it’s too late in the season or not – we will find out later. He also added more support to our gigantic beef steak tomato plant that seem to keep wanting to show off by reaching more than 6 feet in height, he uses a stool for tying the plant to a tree branch. He wants to see how tall it actually grows to, we have never had a tomato plant this big – we are in love with it!

After carefully cleaning all of our cucumbers, they were ready to be canned. The canning process is a simple one since we are making refrigerator pickles; they usually only store for about four months. My mother taught me how to can some fruits and veggies in the past, so I feel pretty comfortable with the whole process. Since we only had about a pound of cucumbers, three small jars were filled.

This morning, all three jars were looking good with a tight seal.  Now, the waiting game starts until we get to taste our pickles made from our homegrown cucumbers, I can’t wait! My husband absolutely hates cucumbers but goes crazy over pickles… he is a strange man, sometimes. Since his H-A-T-E for cucumbers is so strong, if I put them in salads, he will not eat it so the easier way for ALL of us is to just make them into pickles.

On a side note; our watermelon plant is now blooming and our Edamame plants are full of pods. So, stay-tuned to find out if they make it through our heat wave.




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