I had BIG plans for my garden this year. The last two years I have been planting, but just for fun and to eat as we pick. This year, I actually got online, made a garden plan, and planted with a purpose. I was going to can tomato sauce, spaghetti and pizza sauce, make sauerkraut, minced onion, dried dill, and a few other things. Unfortunately, the drought took a major toll on everything around here, including my garden. The garden hose just wouldn't cut it for supplying enough moisture to produce. The only thing we picked from the garden were a few tomatoes that only ended up being the size of a cherry tomato. Not good.
|Objects in the picture are smaller than they appear!|
|These were my green beans....|
|This is one of my cabbage plants. I'm not seeing sauerkraut in my future.|
|This was supposed to be a 30 pound head of cabbage. It's not much bigger than my other cabbage plants.|
I didn't post a picture of my cucumbers because there wasn't any. Just three piles of dirt where they should be. I was so bummed out about my garden this year. I weeded to my heart's content and it was watered and Miracle Growed. I've have since given up on the weeding. I really should keep up with it though. I will get out there and clean it up yet so hopefully there will be less work this spring. I do have hope for next year's garden though. I'm not giving up!!
I was lucky enough to get some cucumbers from a neighbor and my Grandma found some at a farmer's market that she brought to me. I have been lucky enough to have been given the BEST refrigerator pickle recipe ever. My dear friend, Amy, gave me her mom's recipe.
Jeanie's Refrigerator Pickles
4 cups sugar
4 cups vinegar
1/4 cup canning salt
1 1/2 tsp tumeric
1 1/3 tsp celery seed
1 1/3 tsp mustard seed
-Slice 3 onions very thin and leave in rings.
-Slice unpeeled cucumbers. (I peel mine though)
-Put in gallon glass jar in layers.
-Mix rest of ingredients and pour brine over cucumbers and onions.
(Do Not Cook Brine!)
-Stir everyday for 5 days, then enjoy!!
-Brine will keep indefinitely, add cucumbers and onions as needed.
Thank you so much Amy and Jeanie! The whole family loves these pickles!
|I need to make more, I've been sharing!|
One other thing.....
We have a new puppy!
The family finally all agreed on Tucker for his name. He's a cutie! His dad is a Mountain Curr and his mom is a Fiest Terrier. As long as he makes friends with my chickens all will be well.
Enjoy the pickles!
Until Next Time,