Homesteading, Organic Gardening, How to Farm, Preparedness, Self-Reliance
It's been so mild with a little later than normal Indian Summer that we just stripped the tomato plants 2 days ago, and the beans a couple days before that.
I have a huge batch of spaghetti sauce on the stove just waiting for my jars and lids to sterilize and the beginning of the week I'm going to be making a huge kettle of green tomato relish. I froze green & wax beans and have hopes in the next couple weeks of getting a batch of apple sauce cooked up.
Our son built a frame for a raised bed herb garden/cold frame after I scored older 2 square bubble skylights on the side of the road free. He's going to be building a second frame ASAP so that we can try our hand at winter gardening. The herb cold frame is ready for the herbs to get planted which we'll do this weekend. The only thing we have left to do to this one is frame & hinge the bubble so we can get it placed
Hubby has a start on my greenhouse but I don't have any pictures of that yet. It's built so far out of completely free recycled materials, the walls are sliding glass door panels and the framing is lumber that was left on the side of the road with a free sign on it. We do need to buy a few more 2X6s for the roof trusses and the roof panels but that will be our only expense for a 12 X 15 greenhouse. Even the exhaust fan was a freebie from the local reuse room at our transfer station. The back wall that will get the least amount of sun is going to be closed in with 2 smaller windows (also freebies) and the fan the 2 walls that get sun most of the day are the ones being built from the door panels.
Just put up 15 qts of spaghetti sauce now on to the green tomato relish.
While I was at the Reuse Room someone dropped of some utensils and there was a vintage ladle in the batch that made filling jars ssssssooooooooooo much easier and less messy even with a canning funnel, the scoop part is teardrop shaped. I have a couple of rounded ones and they seem to splat the sauce everywhere when they tip to pour.