Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Everything is coming up...


A friend call and asked if I would like some radishes...he said
he was bring a handful..than handful weighed
2 lbs 12 oz...so I decided to make Radish Relish
which is so simple...and tasty. The raw radish is spicey
but the relish has a sweet taste.
When we have planted radishes, there is always many more
than we can eat or give away and this is an easy recipe to
use them.

4 cups stemmed radishes
2 large celery ribs
1 large red or sweet onion
2 tsp canning salt
1 cup sugar
1 T mustard seed
1 cup apple cider vinegar
2 T prepared horseradish

Chop radishes, celery and onion in food processer or
finely chop by hand. Mix remaining ingredients and add radishes
and allow to stand 3 hours.
Bring to a boil in large pot and cook 10 min.
Pour into hot jars leaving 1/2" head space. Adjust lids
and process in boiling water bath for 20 minutes.
Yield 2 pints
Very easy

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Food Fraud

I read an informative article this morning on food fraud...foods we thought were good for us...milk, olive oil, juice, honey, baby formula, spices - here's the link for the slideshow.


Thursday, April 19, 2012

Garden Photos

A brass bed I bought at the thrift store will be a strawberry bed.
I have day lilies planted down the side and gladiolus planted
at the head. I have a few strawberry plants in there and will
transplant more in the fall- I also have daisies (annuals) planted
with them

The beginning  of our vegetable garden March 6 2012

 Red potatoes..the link to building this potato planter
is on my Pinterest board. We made it 2' x 2'..planted the seed
potatoes about 6" deep. As they grow we added a layer
of soil and compost and kept doing this until the soil
portion is a little over 2 ft.  As you can see below they have
grown way over the top. The plan stated that it would
produce 100 lbs potatoes...this will be determined later.
We made the planter from an old swing that was pretty
weathered. The height now is over 3 ft

 We have broccoli, carrots, spinach, eggplant, tomatoes,
rutabagas, okra, yellow squash, zucchini, bell peppers
butternut squash and sunflowers
 We made a compost bed in the garden. Red potatoes
on the left and butternut squash on the right..they will
cover the bed with their vines. I am growing these potatoes
in compost, just to see if it can be done..I have read that it
can. The deer is made by my husband..at Christmas
he gets a red bow around his neck.
April 19, 2012 after the rain

The garden is approx 50 ft x 30 ft

Red Cabbage that we planted in late fall 2011

This is the first time I have ever grown spinach...and it
is so easy and so good. I planted the Burpee Signature Spinach,
double choice hybrid. The leaves are thicker than store bought.
When you pick it more grows from the center..how long this
will continue ..I don't know. I hope it will grow year round,
but it gets so hot here in S Ga in the summer - just have to wait and see.
Another plus...it's ready in 35 days. Even if you don't have a
garden space, try growing it in a flower bed that gets full sun.
My pictures do not show the plants because it grows close to the
ground and with the mulch, you can barely see the leaves.


Monday, April 9, 2012

Juvenile Bluebirds

These juvenile bluebirds are been fed by their mother
 from the Cupcakes for the Birds recipe I posted a couple
months ago. The portion of the feeder they are
on is about 3 feet from the ground. They still are
not sure what to do...other birds fly in and they just sit there.
They only have a bright blue marking under their wing for now.
No matter what bird flys in they open their mouth to be fed.

This Cedar Waxwing is a rare siting here in South GA,
they are migrating north, he also tried the cupcake..but from
what I read we won't see him again since we had no fruit
or nuts for him to munch on.

Friday, April 6, 2012

Bunny Cat

I was going through some pics and found this one
he is such a good sport