August 2009 Archives
It's the "can-a-rama" this weekend to encourage people to try canning their own food. In honor of the event, I'm sharing this picture of my apricot-raspberry jam. It was an experiment that ended up winning a ribbon at the county fair this year.
Today I had intended to try making fig jam. My parents sent me home with a bag of figs from their tree the other day. I can't decide whether the idea of that flavor delights or horrifies me. I'll let you know how it turns out when the weather is under 100 degrees. Right now it's just too hot to can in an un-airconditioned house.
Last Christmas my husband bought me an Aerogarden. We went right out and looked for a variety of seeds to try. For our first venture we decided to attempt a salsa garden and purchased cilantro, jalapeno, serrano and patio tomato seeds. The tomato seed packet assured us that it would produce small tomatoes on a plant not to exceed 24 inches.
We ended up with a huge plant that shaded out all other plants, needed to be pruned nearly daily, and then wrapped itself around the light pole and grew over six feet high. Oh, and those "little" tomatoes were four inches across.
After wrestling with that little plant of horrors, I ignored the gift for many months.
Last Sunday we sat down, sanitized it and started again. This time we're sticking to some salad items. We planted basil, parsley and chives along with romaine lettuce. We're naive enough to believe that none of these plants will grow to the heights of the dwarf tomato. This time we decided to take a picture each week so others can see how things grow.
The first shot is less then exciting I know, but we all have to start somewhere.