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Canning Peppers

My pepper plants are overflowing. How about yours? I never seem to have problems with peppers, they grow in abundance in my garden. I am very thankful for that. However, with me being the only one in my house who eats them, I have to do some quick thinking on what to do with them once they are ready to be picked. For the last 2 years I have banana peppers and Hungarian wax peppers. I grew the wax peppers specifically to make hot pepper butter. I will post about that sometime this week. But let me just tell you, it is delicious! Last year I canned so much that I really didn’t need to can more this year. But for some reason I still planted them. So now to figure out what to do with them. If all else fails, can pepper rings for sandwiches, pizza, or salads.

This was very easy. I ended up with 8 pints of peppers.

  • 4 cups of water
  • 4 cups of white vinegar
  • 1 cup sugar
  • pinch of turmeric (mainly for color, optional)
  • 4 cloves of garlic cut in half (you can also use a whole clove. just depends on how much you like garlic)
  • pickling salt-1 tsp for each pint ( I used sea salt because I didn’t have pickling salt)
  • olive oil-1 tsp for each pint

Heat the water, vinegar, sugar, and turmeric till boiling. In the meantime sterilize jars and add 1/2 garlic clove to each pint. Pack jars with pepper rings. Top with salt and olive oil.  Then add vinegar mixture to 1/4th inch of top of jar. Make sure to get rid of air bubbles. Wipe rim of jar clean before adding lid and ring. Put in water bath for 10 minutes.

This is the first time I have ever used this recipe so I’m anxious to see how it turns out. I got this recipe from 2 different places and just combined them. Both recipes were from the  Complete Book of Home Preserving by Ball.

Anyone else have any good recipes for canning peppers? Would love to hear them.

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Holy Hotness!

HoT!

DrY!

Yep, that pretty much sums up how it has been here in NE Ohio for weeks now.

The poor fields and gardens, not to mention the grass, are drying up. I’ve been soaking the garden every few nights.

It’s doing ok but would be better with rain.

****insert rain dance here****

If only Florida could send all the extra rain they are getting out to Colorado and then what is left could be dropped off here.

I guess I would rather deal with this than what is going on out west.

My thoughts and prayers are with everyone involved with the tragic fires.

Do you know anyone who lives in Colorado? Have they had to be evacuated?

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Trying Something Different

I’m trying to make the most of the space I have for my garden. I never seem to have enough room. So this year I’m growing my leaf lettuce in a tiered pot instead of in the garden. Yes, I know, it’s kind of late to be starting lettuce. Don’t judge me. I also put up a trellis for my peas to climb. I’m hoping this contains them to their designated area.

 

Don’t be jealous of my stylish pots. They were free and I like to work with what I’ve got. Can’t wait to see them full of lettuce.

 

My pea trellis. I sure hope it works. What do you think? Does it look like it will hold up and do its job? Time will tell.

Are you doing anything different in your garden this year? What are your tips on gardening with limited space?

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Still Works

About a month ago I made this cement flower-pot. Sadly, when I took it out of the mold it broke in two. But I managed to save it and still be able to use it. It’s fine as long as I don’t pick it up. And the impatients don’t seem to mind the huge crack. Don’t you just love the colors?

 

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Freshly tilled. Waiting for me to fill it with plants and seeds. So many possibilities. A few of the veggies that I will be planting are peas, green beans, tomatoes, radishes, lettuce, cucumbers and peppers.

 

 

What have you planted or what are you going to be planting in your garden this year?

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