Category Archives: Garden Inspiration

Kitchen Happenings

It feels like Tuesday I spend most of my day standing in the kitchen making/preserving food and herbs. Here is a tour in pictures:

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Oils from left to right: Comfrey and Jewelweed from my yard; Comfrey and Rosemary from my yard; Dried rose petals and dried elderberry flowers from Mountain Rose Herbs. I am leatting the oils steep for at least a month before I use them in my soaps. I used olive oil for all of them.

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Jewelweed steeping in Witch Hazel. After a month or so, I will strain the herb materials out and use the extract to treat poison ivy and insect bites.

Fire Cider for my parents: ACV with local garlic, ginger and Jalapeno.

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Ginger bug. Hopefully, in 3 days I will make some fermented root beer with it following this recipe: http://nourishedkitchen.com/homemade-root-beer-recipe/

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My first batch of canned tomatoes ever. I mostly used these resources: http://pickyourown.org/canning_tomatoes.htm and Canning and Preserving with Ashley English. I used the hot water bath method. I also dried some tomatoes in the dehydrator since that has been my favorite way of preserving them for the past 2 years.

Abundance

We finally picked the squash that was growing allover the front and backyard. Some of it is winter squash and, to our surprise, the rest is summer squash (hence its hugeness!).

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Summer squash  (+1 small winter squash) and tomatoes from the yard

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Winter squashes

Recipe ideas for the summer squash:

  • Fermented: either http://www.culturesforhealth.com/grated-zucchini-kraut-recipe or http://www.culturesforhealth.com/lacto-fermented-summer-squash-recipe
  • Zucchini bread: the recipe from Against All Grains by Danielle Walker. Although I am disappointed that all the recipes I have found only use a small amount of zucchini…I mean do you see how much I have?! I have also never made zucchini bread so we will see if I even like it.
  • Zucchini pasta: my favorite. Especially when sauteed with other veggies until soft.
  • Anyone has any ideas of what else I could do?

Garden Growings

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We have loads of green raspberries all over the yard. Only a few more weeks or months before we get to eat them!

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All our squashes were volunteers this year which is awesome. You can tell by this picture we have quite a few plants that came up. The only problem is that we don’t know what any of them are, they mostly look like winter squashes. We just added that bamboo fence this weekend to keep other people’s dogs off the front lawn.

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They look like Delicata squashes but way bigger. I can’t wait to try them.

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Here is another kind of squash as well as tomatoes and a few trees and flowers.

Yay to a bountiful summer!!

Crafty Happenings

Crafty Happenings:

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I recently carved two maple spoons. I used wood that we found on the side of the street. There are now for sale in my Etsy shop (see shop link in sidebar).

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My husband just finished his second pine wood bench. It is about 6′ long. It is easy to take apart and assemble. This one is going to my parents but there will be more to come.

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I made another batch of coffee soap a few weeks ago. It is now available on Etsy for sale (see sidebar)

This week in my garden

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  • We have harvested two summer squashes, several Sungolds, blueberries, raspberries and blackberries
  • We took a pine tree down which resulted in a huge mulch pile and more sun in the backyard (yeah for veggies!)
  • I have been mulching the front and backyard in the morning (there is still a lot to mulch and a LOT of mulch!)
  • I am enjoying passing by the St-John’s Wort flowers and bee balms every day
  • A bit of weeding here and there is also happening (I tend to only pull the weeds we can’t eat or use)
  • We need some rain! It has been quite hot!
  • I am grateful for all the bounty and life going on in our yard