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Pickle Tasting Experiment

Yes, I have been gone quite a while. I got in a rut where I just couldn’t motivate myself to be on the computer updating, blogging, or sharing my creative ideas after long days of working my day job, working on my husband’s business stuff, helping my kids with homework, cleaning house and making dinners, and working through my garden clean-up and harvest. Now I’m attempting to get back in the groove.

I thought I’d share a fun experiment I did with my children after harvesting some of our garden produce- specifically the cucumbers and dill.

Here’s what we did:

I had my children list in their journals all of the ingredients that had to go into making refrigerator pickles. We then made a section by the ingredients where they would put how they felt each thing tasted on its own. After everything was done- they tasted the pickles. The results were so CUTE! I loved watching the little crinkled noses, the tongues sticking out, and the crossed eyes as each ingredient was tasted (especially the vinegar!)

My children were very surprised when the pickles turned out so much better than individual ingredients that go into making them! Now they make a great after-school snack or an addition to sandwiches or burgers!

My dog will eat anything!

Just wanted to share this photo of my pooch munching on a radish. He’s such a strange dog: He’ll eat almost anything! I have to keep him out of the garden because he actually enjoys the carrots, radishes, potatoes, tomatoes, and other foods I have bursting in the soil! Miles, the pooch, gets SOOOO excited when I do my harvesting- but he’ll have to get the occasional bop and the word “NO” needs to be yelled sometimes to keep him from snatching any veggie I pull from the ground.

Do any of your pets eat strange things? I’d love to see photos and hear stories! Please share!

Enjoy the rest oof your weekend!

If at first you don’t succeed… hope that 3rd time’s the charm!

My dear readers. You have read of my sad adventures with my gardening in previous posts of not succeeding…I tried inside a greenhouse. https://perceptivedelectables.wordpress.com/2012/05/11/my-lack-of-greenhouse-effect-has-affected-my-gardening/.  And I tried outside, with hope of new beginnings https://perceptivedelectables.wordpress.com/2012/06/05/garden-love-connection-new-beginnings/. Well- needless to say the outside part, so far, seems to be failing. We had a 5 day non stop rain, with about 80% rain on the 6th day and 50% rain on the 7th day. My poor baby plants (like my cherry tomato above) all pretty much died off or got to a point where they are struggling in the finally sunny day today. Too much water and the cold ground was not a good place for such innocent roots and pairs of leaves – such as those of my zucchini, pumpkins, and watermelon. Even my potato plants were very yellow and withery.

So- I’m hanging on the thread that 3rd times the charm with planting. I am going to work on fencing off the area with some bird netting and bamboo sticks so my chickens and dogs can’t walk through the whole area. I’m praying for sunshine with the occasional rain and a long enough growing season for a good harvest. And I’m starting fresh with some new seeds after the waterlogged mud garden dries out a bit the next few days.

Wish me luck! And I’d love to hear your stories of loss and gain with your gardening (it would be seriously encouraging to get some positive stories!)