Archive for Gardening

Raised Pallet Garden Bed

Been working on my first ever pallet project for the garden.. Got to add some more mulch and stones around it but turned out pretty nice. Cool thing about this project is I have a total of around $5 bucks in the whole thing. Everything except the screws was either given to me or re-purposed.

  

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Hot Pepper Flakes

Got the food dehydrator out and cut up a variety of peppers to make some hot pepper flakes that I use to garnish food.

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After everything was done in the dehydrator, I ended up with a spice jar of ghost and Carolina reaper mix that I will label as Dragon Fire, another jar of Habanero Flakes, a jar of Jalapeño Flakes and almost 2 jars of Cayenne pepper. I still have a lot of peppers to prepare. Did learn a valuable lesson today… grind everything outside and not inside the house.

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Harvest Bounty

We have been picking from the garden for the past few weeks but today we harvested all the ripe tomatoes and peppers. We grew six different types of tomatoes this year as well as Caralina Reapers, Ghost peppers, Habanero’s, Chili  peppers, Jalapeno peppers and a variety of sweet and bell peppers.

I love the fact that I know where my food is coming from and I can teach my children how to do it as well.

 

Carolina Reapers

Here are a few pics of my Carolina Reapers that I grew this year. I have already gotten a few dozen peppers picked so far. I have been making some HOT and I mean Hot salsa this year using these and a mix of other peppers from my garden.

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Canned Coleslaw

Harvested my cabbage out of the garden today and decided to make some canned coleslaw, I know your probably wondering how do you do that but I found a recipe and modified it to fit my needs. I must admit that it turned out really good and the flavor is rather good. Here is what I used to make mine.

1 medium head cabbage
1 small head red cabbage
1 large carrot
1 green pepper (red, yellow or green)
1 small onion
1 teaspoon salt

Syrup
1 cup vinegar
¼ cup water
2 cups sugar
1 teaspoon celery seeds
1 teaspoon mustard seeds

Shred together vegetables. Add the salt. Let stand 1 hour.

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Drain water from vegetables. (I also rinse and drain.) Boil syrup ingredients together for 1 minute. Cool.

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Pack into quart jars and process in a boiling water bath for 15 minutes.

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This slaw may be drained before use and mayonnaise added, or used as is.

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I quadrupled the ingredients and ended up with 8 quarts of coleslaw.

Im still new to the whole canning thing and this was rather simple to make and process. I did have a jar that didn’t seal but that is something that happens while canning.

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