It has been a while since publishing a podcast, ( mostly due to being on the road on multiple cross country trailer hauls of personal belongings).
Many of you emailed and posted your concerns on facebook. For that I am so grateful, and cannot wrap my head around how gracious all of you are.
I especially want to thank the following listeners who emailed at a time I really needed some encouragement – and it worked.
- Amba Coltman
- John Watton
- Missouri Damon
- Cager Clabaugh
There are many more of you who contacted me and I just wanted to thank you again.
I have also been busy prepping the new “farm” out here in Calif Gosh, there is a lot to do!
- Soil amending
- Raised Beds
- Collecting Horse Manure for compost – remember “Manure Safari’s?”
Hot Weather Gardening
Many of us here in the States have been experiencing above normal temps for extended amounts of time. Couple that with drought, and our gardens all take a beating.
This week I talk a little about an interesting newspaper article of tips for your garden in hot weather, and I also talk a bit about how to take care of yourself while gardening in hot temps, something I learned well living in South Texas.
There is a growing trend in removing lawns too. Whether its for traditional landscaping or ( in my mind) a better solution is edible landscaping. Here is the link I mentioned in the podcast from the Sacramento Bee about how one man now only uses 12% of the water is lawn used to need.
Preserving the Harvest
Well, the canning season is upon us! Everything from tomatoes, to zuchini seems to be coming to harvest time.
I was reminded of that recently when my sister-in-law invited me to a joint canning session. She had an over abundance of plums so we decided to make some plum jam.
Neither of us had made a jam before so we thought it would be a good experience. We simply followed the basic recipe provided with the pectin ( used to thicken certain preserved foods) and it worked perfectly.
One thing I did learn though was the importance of a “rolling boil”. A rolling boil is when the mixture is boiling so well that when you stir it, the mixture continues to boil and not slow down. I did not have this boiling enough or long enough one year when I made strawberry jam. It wasn’t thick enough for a jam, so we ended up using it as an ice cream topping.
3 Main Methods for Preserving
I almost believe a vacuum pack sealer could go in here too as it extends the life of whatever you package with it. Everything I put in the freezer is vacuumed with my Food Saver first.
I heartily recommend one.
Till next episode….