DIY and latest topics
DIY and latest topics
Just thought you’d like to know what some of the produce at the upcoming 9th Annual Produce Sale on Saturday and Sunday can do for you besides tasting fantastic.
Peaches – This delicious fruit is perfect to freeze, can, make jam and jellies, pies, and cobblers. One raw peach has 50 calories, 15 grams carbohydrates, 13 grams sugar and 1 gram of protein. It provides 6% of your daily vitamin A needs and 15% of Vitamin C needs as well as Vitamins , K and trace minerals.
Apples – Homemade applesauce comes immediately to mind along with apple pie and cobbler. Apples are also delicious in tossed salads, tun salad, and mixed with ground chicken to make sausage. Apples are high in Vitamin C, the B-complex vitamins, fiber, phytonutrients and minerals such as calcium, potassium, and phosphorus.
Tomatoes – A medium sized tomato contains only 22 caloies, 4 grams carbs, 2.6 grams sugar and 1.2 grams of insoluable fiber. They provide lycopene, vitamin C, potassium, folate and vitamin K. They make great sauces for pizza, paste, homemade katsup, and salsa. Buy a bunch, make up your sauces and can or freeze them for savings all winter.
Green & Red Peppers – These are called for in so many recipes including soups, salads, pizzas, and egg dishes. They are a great source of Vitamin A, C, B6, folate and antioxidants. You can chop fresh peppers into cubes or strips, lay them out on a cookie sheet and freeze. Then store in plastic bag or ball jars in the freezer for a continuous supply all winter.
Potatoes – Whether its russets, reds, sweet potatoes, or bakers, potatoes are the mainstay of the American diet. They contain excellent nutrition including Vitamins C, B6, Niacin, Folate, and potassium, magnesium, phosphorus and manganese. Potatoes store well in a dark, dry basement or root cellar.
Sweet Corn – Yum, sweet corn dripping with butter next to a burger, brat or barbecue chicken and some fresh sliced tomatoes can’t be beat. 100 grams of corn has only about 100 calories, 21 grams carbs, and 4.5 grams sugar. It’s antioxidants include Zeaxanthin and Lutein.
Some time ago, I decided to get rid of all my plastic storage containers and buy glass. That’s when I discovered how great Ball canning jars are for storing everything and they go in the dishwasher!
In the Kitchen – I use the glass jars for lots of things that I put in the refrigerator. Since I only use nut flours, I keep them in jars in the fridge because the oils in them can turn rancid if left out on the counter. Jars of nuts, salad dressings and fresh squeezed lemon and lime juice go into the fridge also. Leftovers also go into the jars. I have various sizes of jars from small to gigantic in my pantry and baking center. Jars hold spices, baking powder, baking soda, arrowroot and tapioca flours, and other baking supplies.
In the Bathroom – Pick a jar that will hold those items you like to keep on the counter. Paint your jars colors to match your bathroom decor and fill them with cotton balls, cotton swabs, toothbrushes, toothpaste, makeup brushes and a dozen other things you can’t keep organized.
In the Craft Room – Ball jars are fantastic for sorting and organizing all kinds of craft and sewing supplies. I have some vintage buttons in one, ribbons in another. Paint brushes, scrapbooking supplies, rubber stamps, pins and so much more work in jars, take up little room on a shelf, and are easy to find when you need them.
In the Garage – There are jars for every need in the garage. There’s nothing worse than needing a nail or screw and having to hunt through a bunch of cans to find what you want. Jar lids can be secured under a shelf. Fill the jar and one quick twist and your items are easily available when you need them. What you are looking for is clearly visible under the shelf.
Decorating – Jars can be filled with candles, hung up to display flowers, filled with colorful glass or marbles, made into a lamp, used to hold gifts, and a hundred other things.
Try it. You’ll be amazed.
Spring is a wonderful time of year when the snows are leaving, but if you haven’t planted any spring blooming flowers, it can be a bleak landscape until the first annuals appear in the garden center or the first perennials burst into bloom. Bulbs of spring blooming flowers need to be planted sometime between now and when the ground freezes.
Bulbs of crocus, daffodil, hyacinth, tulip, and other fall planted bulbs need to be purchased and planted now if you want to see them next spring. Planting a few bulbs here and there won’t make much of an impact, so think about planting in drifts (50+ of one variety or color all together in a clump or rows) for maximum color display. The leaves aren’t cut back until they turn brown as they produce energy for the bulbs to grow again next year.
Most of these varieties of spring flowers naturalize (spread by adding baby bulbs to the main one and multiplying, so give them plenty of room to grow. The leaves should not be cut back until they turn brown as they produce energy for the bulbs to grow again next year.
Planting and Care
Plant bulbs with the flat end down and the pointed end up. Follow package recommendations for depth and spacing and factor in how many inches of mulch are on top of the soil. Most bulbs will need protection form ground rodents and squirrels who think bulbs are their dessert. Plant your bulbs in a wire cage, or put a barrier on top of soil and under mulch. A barrier of hardware cloth with ½ inch openings staked down works fine, or you can also use staked chicken wire for larger bulbs. Squirrels can pull small bulbs out of holes in chicken wire.
Dig planting holes with a bulb planter, a drill bit made for digging holes, or dig a large area, place all the bulbs in it, then cover it up. A trench also works for planting drifts. Plant bulbs behind or between perennials so their foliage will be covered up after bloom is done.
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