Sweet Pickle Relish

The garden is giving us plenty of cucumbers this summer, so we’re using the KitchenAid’s meat grinder attachment to make sweet pickle relish. Excellent for hot dogs, tuna salads and tartar sauce.

Yes we can!

This is what we have canned from the garden so far, and this doesn’t include the several jars of salsa, jam, marinara sauce and pickles we’ve already eaten or given away. If you had trouble locating canning jars this year, my apologies, I think we used them all.

Dandelion jam

Spring has arrived and our yard has exploded in dandelions and violets. And in these uncertain times, you need to maintain the skills of foraging food and enjoy the bounty that nature provides. In his recession punk style, Mark cooked up some dandelion jam. It has a light floral flavor, and it’s the golden color... Continue Reading →

Hydroponics Expansion

Last spring Mark bought a second grow tent to start seedlings for our backyard garden. This tent was narrower than the first one, only 4x4 feet. He sold several of his young pepper plants to coworkers and neighbors, which covered the cost of the second tent. This year he's bought a third tent, another 4x8,... Continue Reading →

The Green Reaper

In case you thought Mark didn’t have enough odd hobbies, he’s begun scything the yard. He bought it as a joke but now he really likes it.

Hydroponic update

The hydroponics garden in the basement is going well. The plants seem to like the purple light and they're getting pretty big for the tent. Mark is already talking about getting another one.

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