Thursday, September 15, 2011

Another post where I talk about food and gardening. Someday there will be more to life. :-)

  We woke up this morning to see a very thick frost outside. We were expecting it but it is still always a little bittersweet. Outside our bedroom window there were icicles hanging from the oak leaves because the sprinkler system was running during the cold of the early morning. I forgot my poor geranium out on the deck. I tried to cover my tomatoes and peppers and Aaron's watermelon and that worked for some of them but some parts of the tarps blew off and so we had some poor frost bitten tomatoes.
 I am attempting making vinegar. The instructions seem pretty simple. I am wondering if it will really work. Obviously I am not making very much this first time. I would like to know how to make it as then that would be one more thing we wouldn't need to buy. Have any of you ever made it?
 Today I made some yummy "Cracker Jack" popcorn. Just mix together 1/2 cup melted butter and 1/2 cup honey and pour over 3 to 4 quarts of popcorn. Brown in a 350 degree oven.
We have been enjoying the lovely sunflowers in our garden. We brought some in before the frost but these actually survived fairly well. We will see how they do after tonight's frost.

 We do actually have more to life than food and gardening but once and a while lately it doesn't seem like it. Are you busy with harvest too?


JDaniel4's Mom said...

The things we planted didn't grow well. We will have to try again next year.

Nola said...

Oh the poor tomatoes. I was out there in the almost dark picking all mine since frost was coming and it was a windy night (Wednesday night was our first frost for fall and we had another last night). In the past I have used rocks to weight down tarps and also used clothespins to attach the tarps to tomato cages etc. This year I just picked them instead. We have also been enjoying sunflowers the birds planted for us. We have tried growing them and they are always eaten by earwigs but the ones the birds planted did very well! We picked our 4 pumpkins today and the girls were excited there was one for each of us. Next year we will have to try to grow 5 instead!

Erin said...

I would love to know (in a future post) how you made your own vinegar. We go through a TON around here, and it would be great to give that a try. I've heard of it being done with apple peels.

Abbi said...

JDaniel4's Mom, sorry about your garden. I hope it goes better next year.

Nola, I have had those late night pickings and covering up of plants too. Frost always comes a little earlier than we feel ready for. I am glad we have varying seasons though! That is cute about the pumpkins.

Erin, I do hope to write a vineager post soon but I don't have a lot of personal experience with making yet as I am still very much learning.


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