Thursday, August 22, 2013

Reminder - Jam - Egg Plant - Truck


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This morning, I decided to can strawberries from my garden bed.  I made strawberry jam, I was able to make 4 ½ pints of jam.  The ½ pint went into the refrigerator because the family couldn’t wait to try the jam.


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I went out to work in the garden.  I pull out the last of the old lettuce, luffa sponges (they ended up dying on me), the rest of the beets, leeks and cauliflower (never amounted to anything but a stem 2 inches in height) to prepare the area for planting fall beans and peas. 

While working in one of the long raised beds, I noticed I have eggplant forming on one of the plants.  This was a nice surprise, good thing I looked at the plants before yanking them out of the ground.

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We harvested our first cantaloupe; remember the surprise vine?  Well here’s a picture of the cantaloupe harvested at the same time I pulled some carrots to add to our soup. 

And here it is cut in ½, looks good and tastes real sweet.  I can’t wait for the remaining 50 (slightly exaggerated) to finish growing.
The surprise vine identified
Cantaloupe (surprise melon ready for harvest)
Inside the cantaloupe, real sweet tasting

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And finally, here is a picture of Tank’s new (used) truck.  He wanted a second truck to romp around town in, so he went out and purchased himself (with his own money) a used 1970 Chevrolet C10 classic truck.  The truck needs some work under the hood, inside the cab, and the body.  Tank’s happy; he’s got a truck with no electronics. Something he can tinker with, and eventually use maybe as a bug out vehicle.

16 comments:

  1. It's always nice to find surprises in the garden (well, of the edible variety .. that is). Nice lines on that 'new' truck!

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    1. Mrs. Mac,

      Yes it is nice to find edible surprises. He loves this old truck.

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  2. That era of Chevy truck was a classic; quite a few of 'em still on the road. He done good!

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    1. Rev. Paul,

      This truck is marked on the title as a classic, yes he did good. There was only 42,000 miles on this truck.

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  3. My hens would LOVE those seeds. I always think of them when I see melon seeds. It is chicken crack.

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    1. Linda,

      LOL, chicken crack!!! Chickens eat just about anything.

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  4. Looks like a good truck.

    Quite a garden harvest. Our favorite is strawberry jam.

    We've had a heat wave here and the peaches and figs are ripening quickly.

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    1. Gail,

      Tanks truck is a neat one. He needs to put some work into it.

      Next spring, I'm going to plant all kinds of strawberries. These strawberries were delicious.
      Our favorite is strawberry and raspberry jam.

      Will you be canning the peaches and figs?

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  5. I'm not sure many people had a good turnout on their gardens this year. A little bit here and there. Either too much heat or too much water. In my case, too many weeds and water! OH, well on to Fall. Good find on the truck, those are hard to come by these days.

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    1. Good morning Izzy,

      Yes I really think it has to do with the weather/temperatures. I worry what our winter will be like.

      Tank's happy he found this truck, he loves to work on vehicles and now he has himself a classic.

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  6. Dan hates electronics in a truck. In any vehicle for that matter. Tank did good.

    And congratulations on your eggplant and cantaloupe!

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    1. Leigh,

      I'm not a big fan of electronics in vehicles either. They cost to much money to fix and you have to go to a garage and get plugged in to determine what the problem is on the vehicle. Whereas if you have a vehicle without electronics you can pretty much fix it yourself. I think Tank did good too. Even though he really doesn't need a second vehicle.

      Thanks Leigh, this is a first for me on eggplant. The cantaloupe I didn't plant, the seeds came from my compost.

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  7. May Tank have many years, and few repairs, with his new/old truck. Canning again? Hmmm?

    I got sidelined today where canning is concerned, because I was busy making something that will have your address on it tomorrow.

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    1. LJ,

      Tank has already made plans for the future with his classic truck. Parts, and paint....I can already see the expenses adding up. Thank God, he has his own money to take care of it, lol.

      Yes, canning again!

      It's not necessary to make me a thing, I sent you those Chiles because you were asking me about how they taste.

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  8. Oh how I bet that Strawberry jam was good!! I've tried growing strawberries a few times over the years (not yet at the farm) but they just never seem to produce. Maybe it's our weather. I might give it a shot next Spring at the farm, we'll see.

    I'm curious about your loofa's? Were you growing them to turn into sponges? I think that's so cool. I never thought about that. Sorry they didn't come out. Have you done it before? I might have to add that to the 'future' list.

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    1. 1st Man,

      I have found planting my strawberries in these long pots with maybe 4 plants in each with newspaper in the bottom of the pot, then potting soil, and straw around the entire base of each plant works good. I water every evening when the sun goes down and only give each plant a little water. I also cut off some of the runners and harvest strawberries as they turn red helps.

      I was growing the loofa for sponges. This particular plant you can eat the loofa as vegetables early on. This was the first time I tried growing them. Next spring I will try again.

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