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  •  Well, I've gone in on my parents' garden this year (7+ / 0-)

    and have been picking my father-in-law's yard. We eat the black raspberries whole, bake them in cobblers, or turn them into jelly, which is jealously guarded and enjoyed sparingly for the rest of the year.

    They grow asparagus (eat fresh or freeze), corn (eat fresh, freeze), popcorn (dry, shell, and pop), tomatoes (eat fresh, can sauce, can juice, can spaghetti sauce, can salsa) peppers (eat fresh, freeze, in salsa, in spaghetti sauce) green beans (eat fresh, can) spinach (eat fresh, freeze) and also have apple trees and pear trees and a grapevine, as well as sweet cherry and sour cherries.

    The cherry trees have already had their season, and were put up in quantities to make pies with later in the freezer, plus eaten fresh, and when the apples come on they will be made into applesauce, apple butter, and apple chutney. The pears will be eaten fresh and canned in light syrup, and if there's enough I may make pear butter again. Mother's style of applesauce and mine differ; I prefer to spice and season mine before canning, and she does it afterwards. I also intend to put up spaghetti sauce and salsa, as we use a fair quantity of those, and I prefer my own blend anyway.

    We compost the waste and that way it goes back to the garden.

    When you come to find how essential the comfort of a well-kept home is to the bodily strength and good conditions, to a sound mind and spirit, and useful days, you will reverence the good housekeeper as I do above artist or poet, beauty or genius.

    by Alexandra Lynch on Tue Jul 23, 2013 at 11:16:47 AM PDT

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