A New Season

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It finally feels like Fall! There is a little cool breeze in the air and leaves are falling from the trees and a lot has been going on here at “The Farm”. The summer crop was wonderful. And yes, I still have eggplant but I don’t have the heart to pull it out when it is still providing produce.

Companion planting went well and was a lot of fun to try. The Eggplant loved the Banana Pepper and Tarragon as its companion plants. The Okra loved the Basil and Bell Pepper as its companion plants.

The strawberry and blueberry plants are looking happy and strong. I was told to remove all the flowers off of the plant in the first year to ensure that the roots will be healthy for years to come. I sure hopes this pay off because I have pulled so many flowers!

 

The raspberries are doing well. They tasted great and I get a small hand full each day. It is perfect for topping yogurt or ice cream. My fig tree gave me so many big beautiful figs that I made fig jam, fig newtons, as well as dehydrating some of them and of course eating them. I’m hoping to get fruit from my apple trees, cherries, pear, nectarine, plum, peach and apricot next year.

With all the food that came for the garden, All In A Jar had a lot to offer students all summer long. I was very busy canning and preparing dishes for the freezer too.

Let me tell you what I have planted for the fall/winter garden. In bed 1 I have Green Onions, Garlic, Walla Walla onions, Sweet Spanish Onions, and Lettuce. In bed 2 I still have Tarragon and Eggplant in 3/4 of the bed and at the other end I have Brussels Sprouts. When the Eggplant is done I will be planting a few companion plants for the Brussels Sprouts (like Beets and Celery). In bed 3 I have Broccoli and Kale; the companion plant for these two is Spinach. In bed 4 I have Cabbage with the companion plants of Roma Lettuce, Arugula, Swiss chard and I put a few Fava Beans in for the nitrogen. In bed 5 Blueberry plants, In bed 6 Strawberries. In bed 7 Carrots, Beets and companion plants of Onions and Cauliflower. Bed 8 Blackberries, Bed 9 Raspberries. I have three dirt bags and they have Oregano, Parsley, and Thyme in one bag. Parsley, Basil and Lemon Thyme. In the last bag I have Rhubarb, Mint and Cilantro.

I have been trying to watch the moon and plant accordingly.

I read that you should plant your annual flowers and vegetables that bear crops above ground during the light, or waxing of the moon … from the day the moon is new to the day it is full. And plant flowering bulbs, biennial and perennial flowers, and vegetables that bear crops below ground during the dark, or waning, of the moon … from the day after it is full to the day before it is new again.

Soon I will be working on the new class calendar. Please let me know your suggestions for a class you would like to see on the schedule.

 

See you in class!

 

Fall Is Here

Thank goodness Fall is here. The air is cool and crisp with leaves falling and beautiful sunsets. This makes good working weather.

All In A Jar hopes you had a wonderful summer. We had an amazing summer with our daughter’s wedding and family and friends visiting. Playing on a near by lake and yes, canning. Someone gifted me a box and half of Peaches and a box of Pears. It was a lot of fun being creative with this delicious produce. It was very hot out here this summer. We had many days in a row that were triple digits. That made it hard to get things done around here. But that didn’t stop us.

You haven’t heard much from me lately because I have been putting in a huge garden. When I say huge I mean 80 feet by 50 feet with a eight and a half foot fence around it. That alone was a feat in itself. We have moon dust and river rocks that is hard to work with a shovel. The plan is to start classes in the garden and go in the kitchen to have some fun canning.

So far, I have seven fruit trees planted; two Cherry, two Pear, two Apple and one Apricot. I have three more trees I want to plant in the late fall. They will be Peach, Plum and Nectarine. Meanwhile, I have Fava beans planted as a cover crop to get the soil ready for the trees.
The garden beds are 16 feet long by 4 feet wide. I have three finished with irragation and planted.

It is starting to look like a Farm.

P.S. We have a grand baby on the way.

See you in class

 

Finally It Fells Like Fall

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What a wonderful summer All In A Jar had with the students that attended classes. Thank you! We had access to a lot of beautiful fruits and vegetables to play with in class. Some people think it is time to put away the canning supplies. But wait… no need to; we have more canning to do. What about all those amazing pears? You can make pears with toasted almonds and almond liqueur, pear ginger jam, hearty chutney or pear halves in simple syrup. So many varieties of apples out there too, what about a spicy apple butter, apple pie filling,  applesauce or apple jelly. For those oranges, how about marmalade or sparkling wine orange jelly or orange vanilla crud. Some other great ideas, persimmon jam or butter, pickled brussels sprouts, cauliflower, onions, carrots and beets. Fall and winter are great times to can, added bonus of warming your home up too. Especially when using your pressure canner because it has a long processing cook-time. With the pressure canner you can be making soups, stews, beans, tuna, and much more. This is a great time to make some homemade sausage for the freezer; cooler days work best when working with meat. Don’t let the cold weather or rain stop you from canning! Homemade canned goods make the best gifts. So get in the kitchen and start canning! The holidays are  coming.
November 29 Saturday is support local small businesses. Please remember our local small businesses when shopping for gifts this holiday season.

All In A Jar offers Gift Certificates.

All In A Jar will be adding to the class calendar in the next few days. Check out what will be offered in January and February. Happy Canning!

All In A Jar offers Gift Certificates.

See you in class