garden pictures

The photos uploaded this morning ~ I guess old faithful computer just needed a night’s rest.

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The plant stand Scott made.

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Tomato, basil, herbs, flowers, etc.

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Potatoes

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coneflowers mostly

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our fenced in garden with deer guard on top ~ it’s working !

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spiral herb garden ~ work in process ~ the ginger mint is planted here so far.

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The tomato plants I thought would grow so large, but they are much smaller than the others planted in the key-hole gardens! I also planted cucumbers here which are starting to come up~!

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beans planted here in this KHG, also kale and garlic in the raised beds.

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This is where I planted old seeds and now all these squash plants are flourishing with lots of flowers and soon to be squash ~ can’t wait ~

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The tall tomato plants ~ ~ ~ ! ! !

pickled veggies

found a great recipe from creative Jewish mom that doesn’t use any culture, only salt. I make sauerkraut with only salt but this one can be used with any veggies !

cut peeled sliced veggies

3 T salt (sea, pickling, kosher) per quart of water (can use less for sauerkraut)

1 clove garlic

2 bay leaves

1/2 tsp. coriander seeds

1/2 tsp. black peppercorns

1/2 c. fresh dill (optional)

Fill jar by layering spices & cut pieces of veggies. Pack down as much as possible.

Use a measuring cup to fill jar with water leaving at least 1 inch of jar that isn’t filled.

Cover tightly & let stand at room temp. After a day or 2 or 3 once a day open the jar to release gasses. Mold or scum can be skimmed off. Brownish water is normal.

When they taste like you want (5 days to a week & a half) put in frig. they will continue to ferment but slower. They will last at least a month or longer.

I have carrots, broccoli and cabbage in my jars.

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and snow 🙂

18 aloe vera plants – oh my!

I love to put my plants out in the summer time, but when it’s time to bring them in, I have so many – what to do ? ! !

The soap recipe from Mother Earth News takes only 1-2 T., so maybe I can find some other recipes.

Or make a manly bar of soap

Here are some ways to make and use aloe vera gel.

This information from wellnessmama – To the 1 cup I add 2000 mg of Vitamin C and 1600 IU (1 tablespoon or 4 400 IU capsules) of Vitamin E. Powdered Vitamin C works well or you can crush the appropriate amount of tablets. Stir well until the vitamins are well incorporated. I stirred for a bit and then let it sit. When I came back to stir it again the Vitamin C was much easier to stir in.

My 18 plants: