✿Almost time to prepare for Fall Gardening✿

It was great, my husband was off for the week, we always enjoy each others company. August has been a busy birthday month. We had a nice family and friend cookout for my 57th, we celebrated my mom in laws 78th birthday earlier this month, my oldest brother had his 71st birthday and soon will be my Uncles 90th, boy time flies~no joke.  So laugh when you can get out in nature and enjoy a sunset or sunrise and natures landscapes of beauty with family.DSCN3381

Our summer harvest are winding down we still have cucumbers, tomatoes and peppers.

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Here is a nice canning recipe for Bread N Butter Pickles for the winter months: http://www.simplyrecipes.com/recipes/bread_and_butter_pickles/

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Our Garden Spider has grown quit a bit during the season I guess some good eating in the garden not just for “us” but for “her” she has some baby eggs in her nest now.

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Beautiful Botanical Butterfly Gardens! Nature at its best!

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My flowers attracted alot of the butterflies and bees.

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Squash is done now, last of beans, but still have peppers.

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Truth~

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Tomato Salsa Time: I like mine made mildly and I grow my own cilantro you can add to or take away from this recipe: http://southernfood.about.com/od/salsarecipes/r/bl40212k.htm

Figs Picked

Time for me to make some fig preserves again this year: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/emeril-lagasse/fig-preserves-recipe/index.html but you know you can just pop some of these figs in a freezer zip lock and keep in your freezer up to 6 months.  There are abundant recipes for figs you can find on line some of these I have never tried: http://localfoods.about.com/od/summer/tp/QuickFigs.htm

Hubby and I had gone fig picking and came home on our bicycles with my basket full of figs as he was going in the house to get a colander I reinjured my left wrist again as I tripped getting off my bike.  So he pretty much had made my birthday another wonderful celebration, I helped but not as much as usual and thanks to all the family and friends that brought goodies to share. I wasn’t at the top of my game since I was too busy talking and enjoying but didn’t get all those lovely food photos to share.

It is much fun when you are married to your best friend and laughter with jokes on how you can adapt to picking weeds with one hand, and having him around to open jars and assist with buttons til my wrist heals again.  =) We both enjoy nature and spend as much time outside as we can we took in our local botanical garden, since I am off the bike again for a bit we went on nature hikes for our exercise, we have been able to go to two very nice parks in our area lately, one was First Landing State Park great for hiking and family, and also Botanical Gardens beautiful scenery and butterfly gardens, rose gardens, nature trails.  Nature helps us all see the big picture and appreciate life. We all have had our trials and tribulations with health issues and we both have benefited from our healthier way of eating and making an effort to make  exercise enjoyable in the past several years.

Like most gardens getting those last bit of tomatoes, peppers, beans, or cucumbers are still enjoyable and fresh is always best. As home gardeners we know it is trail and error sometimes and a constant learning experience.  We all know that the time is limited on some of these items due to the zone where we live and the fall planting season coming up. If we have an abundance of certain crops it is great to can them for winter use, or you can donate if you have an over abundance of crops to your local food bank you can go to: http://www.ampleharvest.org/find-pantry.php and put in your zip code this will direct you to the local food bank in your area that will accept surplus from your garden, some are growing surplus just for this reason to donate.

We have by now come up with many ways to have our produce in cucumber or tomato sandwiches, or quiches, or tomatoe pie.  I sure do miss my squash and it hasn’t been gone that long.  I love a fresh grilled squash with a medley of other veggies grilled with alittle bit of olive oil either on the grill or in the broiler in the oven. Our green beans are pretty much done with their harvest, although next year we will place the vines in another location to enable better growth.

We had wonderful luck in planting fall broccolli last year.  We will be planting that again this year along with some cauliflour, spinach, and cabbage, and maybe kale. I love baked Kale chips in oven or cook in pan with olive oil.  For those eating for health most of these are super foods which not only taste good but are good for us with us all aging we are more conscientious of what goes into our bodies and are now seeing the direct connection between our health and food and exercise. So now is the time to plan out your fall garden.~Namaste~Be Blessed~

(◕‿◕✿) Happy Gardening~Til Next Time~ .ღ(ˆ◡ˆ)(✿◠‿◠)