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Thursday, 9 August 2018

Busy Preserving

As you know we are in the process of moving.  I heard from our solicitor earlier this week and she said all our searches were back and there was nothing to report, so good news basically.  She is waiting for some paperwork to be returned by the people we are buying from and then we should be at draft contract stage if not further.  Unfortunately we have a holiday booked at a crucial time  but what will be will be. 

Hubby and I went through the garden and anything that could be pulled up and preserved in any way we did.  I'm trying to use up as much as possible or prep ready to be used with meals. The beetroot was boiled, some was pickled and some served with dinner.
 The carrots simply washed and rubbed with a scourer sliced, blanched and placed in the freezer, along with the dwarf beans and runner beans. 


The 3 large cucumbers were turned into sweet cucumber relish which is absolutely delicious with barbeque food like burgers and sausages. Its not bad with a good mature cheddar in a sandwich too. I made more chilli jam as the whole family love it.  This batch was made extra hot ready for presents for  my sister and brother who prefer it that way. 

The fruit leather made from plum mash was taken out of the solar dryer and rolled then cut into strips. Kellogg's do a modern version called fruit winders but mine contain no preservatives and far less sugar. I'm hoping to do some pear leather in a few weeks time as our neighbours pears that are overhanging our garden are huge. They don't eat them and let us have them.   We have lost a lot of our own pears due to the heat.  

I'd picked 3 large courgettes and to be honest I have more than enough in the freezer, so I used my julienne slicer to cut it finely and placed it in the dryer which I've never done before.  

It dried beautifully and takes up no room at all, I've double bagged it and I'll put it soups and stews throughout the winter. I'll definitely be doing this again. 

I picked all the kale as I thought if I left it much longer the cabbage white pests would get it. This was washed and shredded, bagged up and placed in the freezer.

The most satisfying thing about growing your own vegetables is when you look down at your dinner plate and realise its only the halloumi and turkey that have been bought.  The beetroot, potatoes, cucumber tomatoes and green beans are from your garden and they taste wonderful.  Even the chilli jam accompaniment is home made from home grown tomatoes. 


Despite moving to a much smaller garden I will be using every inch I can to continue growing my own.  I'm looking forward to adopting some vertical garden techniques.  I've been practising with the butternut squash in the greenhouse. I do love a challenge.  Have you ever tried vertical gardening? Do you have a small garden but grow lots of your own produce? I'd love to hear your tips and advice. Bye for now. Tx 


15 comments:

  1. Our garden is tiny, so I grow fruit rather than veg, fruit is good in tubs and takes a much smaller footprint and often is more expensive than veg. Plus herbs, cucumbers and tomatoes, enough to keep hubby and I happy, I am collecting jam jars so next year we can go to pick your own farm and maker cheaper preserves. It's good your home is giving you one final gift of produce.

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    1. Thanks Marlene. It sounds like your garden provides a fair bit of produce for you too. I'm hoping to get to more carboots next year to purchase cheap fruit and veg.

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  2. A fantastic harvest - I am envious. :-)
    xx

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    1. I'm pleased with everything despite it being a much poorer year.

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  3. Fantastic, Tania. I am so impressed with all that you've grown and all that you've done. You certainly area a hard worker. I'm sure your new garden will be just as productive. I grow most of my food in my front potager garden. I just keep adding compost and compost tea. That seems to do the trick. The dried zucchini is brilliant!

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    1. Thank you. I think you've hit the nail on the head, you must replenish the soil for it to give it's best.

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  4. I see that you are a busy one. This time of year is always so busy for anyone that has a veggie garden. I managed to get beans frozen today and did a great deal of picking.

    Tomorrow I plan on getting the cucumbers picked (they seem to grow overnight) and the jalapeno peppers picked for pickling.

    What is chili jam and how is it prepared? Only if you have time to answer. This sounds like something my men would love.

    God bless.

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    1. You are making me wish I'd put in chilli's this year. But I have two bags in the freezer.

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  5. I would love a recipe for the sweet cucumber relish if you have the time. Our plants have gone mad in the greenhouse and I would love to preserve some.

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    1. I will publish the recipe next week for you Catherine.

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  8. I'm off to England tomorrow so was just out picking the tomatoes and putting them in the fridge downstairs (hope they'll be fine). I tried vertical gardening a couple of years ago. 6 plastic bottles slotted into each other with lettuce poking out of them all and being watered from the top - it worked fantastically - tied to my cherry tree (youtube it). I have the space to garden but not the time but hopefully I will be able to emulate your success after December! Anna

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    1. I will look it up, thanks for the tip . Enjoy your trip to the Uk.

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