Gardening, canning, pickling and everything related


  • Team Blue Power User Traeger Primo Grills PK Grills

    Well I’m sure we have a lot of people on this site who have their own gardens, and do home canning so lets see your pictures and please share you recipes. I have 90 percent of my garden in, I grow tomatoes, peppers, squash, zucchini, lettuce, spinach, green beans, watermelon and carrots. I’ll post some pictures later this week, not much to see right now.

    I can/make pickles and salsa and also make cowbiy candy, also known as candied jalapenos.
    Joe Hell calldoctoday @Team-Blue @Team-Orange PapaSop garden nut


  • Team Blue

    Tex, I was not too smart this year & decided to let the garden go fallow this year. Then came the corona business. We usually grow, freeze, can , & dry & eat it too. Several varieties of Tomatoes, Several varieties of peppers (jalopeno, firecracker, cayenne, Poblano, others), Eggplant, Swiss chard, Breen beans, Mustards, Collards, Cauliflowers, Cabbages, Lettuce, Onions, Garlic, Summer Squashes & Zucchinis, Winter Squashes, Okra, Cucumbers, Radishes, Carrots, Turnips, Candylopes, several varieties of mints, grapes, figs, Blueberries, Blackberries, & pomegranates. About all we have this year due to my stupidity is grapes, pomegranates, Blueberries, Figs, & lots of mint (regular, peppermint, pineapple mint, & our favorite Chocolate Mint. I have also made tea (black & green)from the sasanqua camellias, but it is a lot of work & I question if it is worth the effort. I will try to send some photos of some old dried & pickled peppers (about all we still have left of the pickling) & lots of preserves from the various fruits. We used to pickle a lot of eggs, but we do not have as many chickens now & seem to eat more eggs.
    I would like to try your Cowboy Candy. That sounds real good.


  • Team Blue Power User Traeger Primo Grills PK Grills

    calldoctoday Gardening is a lot of work, especially the planting. I greatly simplified my watering process a year ago and put in drip irrigation on a timer, such a time and water saver.


  • Team Orange Masterbuilt Big Green Egg

    We still have about a month before putting in a garden. I down sized quite a bit, a smaller garden, a handful of planters and several beds of berries, currants and wild berries. The season is short here, a lot of transplanting needed to get anything put up.


  • Team Blue

    Tex_77 I’m behind on the garden this year but it’s going to be a whopper if I can find the time. Everything is prepped and ready. Pictures soon!


  • Team Blue

    I was doing drip irrigation before it became common about 40 years ago when we were in Texas & even had my orchard on a drip system. Then I did a sand filter septic system with underground drip irrigation to water the yard too. Now her in Alabama, I do a very basic drip system if you want to call it that. However, I am moving to some very serious raised beds to keep up with the compost & try to make the overall long-term prep work & maintenance easier. We will have to see how those ideas go. We are 100% organic again too. in Texas we produced enough to give us everything we needed, give the friends & neighbors what they wanted, & Margaret would take what was left down to the fruit stand to sell. You will not get rich doing that for certain & we have never been certified organic, but the folks knew we had good stuff.


  • Team Blue

    Rabbit manure is the best manure in my opinion. It has the high nitrogen with out the burning ammonia. I used to raise the rabbits really for the manure. Now we just use our chicken, compost, chicken straw & Alfalfa, & some cow manure from a local dairy. I get rabbit when I can. Margaret says, “no more raising rabbits”. If this corona business keeps up, we might have to get back to the basics.


  • Team Blue

    Have you ever tried pickled turnips?


  • PK100

    My garden varies quite a bit. Right now, it’s fairly light. Lacinato kale, arugula, basil, longevity spinach, and Okinawa spinach. I also have spearmint, rosemary, marjoram, chives, and thyme in pots.

    I was thinking about about putting in a couple others things, but it’s getting rather late to start planting around here.


  • Regular Contributors

    I’m with you there.garden.jpg Tomatoes and green beans blooming, Peppers a little behind and Hatch peppers still little as my seeds came late but they like it hot anyway. Love those dehydrated tomatoes they last all winter.


  • Team Blue

    Tarp, It looks like you must have some venison in the area for brining & grinding too! The deer used to jump over my garden fence like yours in Texas & walk to the very middle to eat swiss chard & sweet potatoes. They loved them & would jump right over the fence & touch nothing else. They like the water melons too.


  • Regular Contributors

    calldoctoday Yup lots deer around here. Not much bigger that a big dog but sure do taste better.lol My green beans would be gone by morning without that 8 ft fence.


  • Team Orange Masterbuilt Big Green Egg

    calldoctoday I made pickled kolarabi once, never turnips. Use them in pasties and oxtail soup though.


  • Team Blue Power User Traeger Primo Grills PK Grills

    Well here is my finished weekend project.
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  • Tex_77 I like it


  • Team Blue

    YooperDog When I was in Architecture school a long time ago I used to take extra vegetables from our garden to the professors & folks at the school. The Librarian once asked me if I had ever tried them & I said no. She said when she went to Mexico on a vacation they sat them out on the table like chips here in the states & they were good. So, since we grew turnips pretty well in that garden, I said, what the heck & if I can pickle a pickle, then I suppose I can pickle a turnip too. So I did a good batch. We thought they were pretty good, but not everyone liked them. That was 35 years ago.


  • Team Blue

    Tex_77 Tex, I am impressed! Let us know how it all grows.


  • Team Orange Masterbuilt Big Green Egg

    calldoctoday do you slice them up or cube them? Sweet pickle? Sounds like a good side to munch on with a cervesa.


  • Team Orange Masterbuilt Big Green Egg

    Tex_77 Does that unit break down for storage? Pretty nice looking gardening cabinet.


  • Team Blue

    YooperDog If I remember correctly we did them Kosher style, but if I know myself, I might have tried a sweet jar or two. I also seem to recall slicing them, a little on the thick side & definitely did not cube them or make them too thin. I may have even done a sort of sweet Kosher. I do some pickles now called “Bob’s Dad’s Pickles” after a friend of mine’s dad. Both of his folks are in their mid 90’s & doing pretty well for themselves. He gave me a recipe that is sort of a sweet kosher & it is real good.


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