We got out in the garden today to band up out cauliflower to prevent sun bleaching of the heads. Simply bring 3-5 large leafs up over the head and use a rubber band to hold them together. This provides a barrier from the sun and will keep your cauliflower head white.
When we were growing a traditional garden we tried growing eggplants a few times and it never turned out well for us or the poor eggplants. This is out first year implementing the Mittlieder Gardening Method but I decided to try it again as a benchmark. It’s not yet close to being ready to eat but this is further than we’ve been able to grow one in the past so I’ve got high hopes it will continue and we will get to eat it.
My brother called me a couple days ago to say our swarm traps once again worked and captured our 5th swarm of honey bees for the year. We are now officially out of deep boxes so we broke out the table saw the other day and built a few more. They will get a couple coats of paint and then will be put into service!
They’re finally beginning to develop heads on them. They’ve got a long ways to go yet but we were excited to see some progress.
We had a bad infestation of flea beetles on our eggplants. Here is a short video on how we tried daswn dish soap with water, neem oil and then finally Sevin dust to kil them.
They’re not quite ready for me to eat but these jalapeños are getting close! I love picking fresh peppers from the garden and bringing them in right before dinner. Lots of blooms on our pepper plants and I’m looking forward to having enough to can soon.
I followed a video I found on YouTube of Starry Hilder canning beans with a no soak method. (I will include the video below.). In pint jars we added a heaping half cup of beans and added hot water before placing in the canner. As you can see in the picture they expanded quite a bit once cooked in the pressure canner. We wil make up labels and get them into the pantry. It was super simple and we will do more beans of a different variety soon.
Here is Starrys video on canning beans with a no soak method.
I’m beginning the process of eating healthier. As part of that process I try to add two kale smoothies to my meals daily. I’ve borrowed bits and pieces from various kale smoothie recipes found online to end up with my go to recipe. Because I prefer a really cold smoothie the banana and blue berries are frozen.
For this recipe I use half a frozen banana, approximately half a cup of frozen blue berries and two large kale leaves. Zero percent milk is used to fill the blender container for our Nutri-bullet to the fill line. Blend thoroughly and enjoy!
Today we decided to put up some butter in pint sized jars. During our last trip to Costco we picked up 8 pounds of unsalted butter to add to our pantry. There are lots and lots of opinions on canning butter, so please look into it extensively and form your own opinion before you do it. We sterilized all our jars and lids and re-pasteurized our already previously pasteurized butter during this process.
After the butter is in jars with the kids secured you will need to frequently shake the jars as the contents will separate. You can see the separation in the second picture below. We were shaking to combine the contents every 10-15 minutes for several hours. We continued to shake until the color was returning to normal. This morning, as seen in the last picture, the butter has solidified and has its usual appearance. The 8 pounds of butter yielded 10 full pints. In the future I hope to work out how much butter is required to fill an even 12 pints.
The house wrens that our nesting right out our back door are eating a lot of insects out of the garden.