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This method, created by Dave Wilson Nursery, called Backyard Orchard Culture is a method of pruning during the summer in addition to winter pruning, that keeps your fruit trees smaller! The theory is that in the summer the tree is already exhausted from growing new leaves and fruit in the spring. Pruning mid to late summer when the tree is already tired means that when you prune, the tree will not put on more growth or very much after your pruning, thereby keeping your tree smaller.
When do you do it? (more…)
I have been asked many time to share my recipes. These are recipes that I have found somewhere (and failed to note the original source) or have adapted to my taste. These are all recipes that I almost exclusively cook or can from my garden! I hope you enjoy them as I do.
16 oz tomato sauce (see Adria’s Easy Tomato Sauce)
1/2 lb ground beef (omit if only water bath) (more…)
For those who know me, I am an obsessive note taker. I am the crazy person who weighs and logs in all the produce from my garden (yeah I really do!). I also have a journal where I record my preserving endeavors. I do this for multiple reasons:
1. So I know what I actually did! With the craziness of life I don’t need to try to remember these things, do you?
2. So I know what recipe I used. With all the resources out there these days I drive myself crazy trying to remember. Was it in my Ball Book? On Pinterest? Another website? Did I make any changes to the recipe?
Here we are, already rolling into midsummer and it’s Peach season! Here in California’s Central Valley, if you don’t have your own Peach tree you are probably friends with a farmer or someone who does! If not, most cities have a Certified Farmers Market and lots of fruit stands that you can buy fresh local produce from. Peaches, like many fruit trees, are such abundant producers that you usually run out of ideas to use them all! Of course if you have a tree and have used all you can with some remaining, please find your local food pantry to donate to!
Here are some of the many ways you can preserve Peaches. If you need some tips on where to start, see my previous post here.
You too can “put up” your own tomato sauce and not slave away all day to do it! I am a wife, homemaker and mother of 3 kids under 7. I’m busy but growing and preserving is important to me, so I fit it in. Here’s how I made tomato sauce while still having time to visit with friends, exercise and take care of my family.