gardens

Let’s Talk Gardens n Stuff…

The gardens are looking so good!  I thought I would share some pictures with you.

I have lots of chard, spinach and lettuces.   Salads are so yummy at this time of year, there is always something new to add.

Look at all that yummy lettuce and spinach.  Makes amazing salads.
Look at all that yummy lettuce and spinach. Makes amazing salads.
The tomato plants are looking much better overall.  Looks like I will get lots of tomatoes off of this plant!!  The peppers don't seem to be doing much for some reason.
The tomato plants are looking much better overall. Looks like I will get lots of tomatoes off of this plant!! The peppers don’t seem to be doing much for some reason.
The slugs are liking these cabbages.  I will have to get some slug traps out.
The slugs are liking these cabbages. I will have to get some slug traps out.
I just love these pea blossoms!  The peas from these plants are delicious.
I just love these pea blossoms! The peas from these plants are delicious.
We have started picking zucchini.  The plant is looking really good and producing nicely.
We have started picking zucchini. The plant is looking really good and producing nicely.
I dehydrated the extra chard, spinach, carrot tops and beet tops.
I dehydrated the extra chard, spinach, carrot tops and beet tops.
My trusty dehydrator!
My trusty dehydrator!
The next batch of beet tops in the dehydrator ready to go.
The next batch of beet tops in the dehydrator ready to go.

I have also been dehydrating some of the chard, spinach and beet tops.  I also have been thinning the carrots and then dehydrating the carrot tops.  I had 3 dehydrators full of produce.

I fill the trays with produce, set the temperature to 135 or 140 and turn it on.  It takes only about 4-5 hours to dehydrate the leaves.  You know its done when the leaves are papery and crumble easily.

Once it was dried, I put it into the blender to powder it.  I now have a nice jar half full of chard, spinach, beet and carrot powder that I can add to soups, egg dishes, potatoes, casseroles.  A real space saver!

I will have to start dehydrating some of the herbs that are ready next. If you are interested in trying dehydrating your produce, here are a couple of resources I use;  The Ultimate Dehydrator Cookbook, by Tammy Gangloff, Steven Gangloff and September Ferguson.  They also have a website Dehydrate2Store.com.  The other book I use is Food Drying With an Attitude, by Mary T. Bell.

How is your garden doing??  What are some of the yummy things you are getting out of it??  Have you tried dehydrating foods? Tell me about it.

Blessings,

Vicki

 

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3 thoughts on “Let’s Talk Gardens n Stuff…

  1. Your garden looks amazing and probably tastes even better! So jealous 🙂 Our’s is the first try ever so we are learning with only some sunflowers, beans and pumpkins.. I know a strange assortment but my husband’s choices… we are really liking it (the whole process of watching it change) so who knows… maybe gardening is in our future!

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    1. Glad to hear you have tried to garden- perfect things to start with too!! I love sunflowers and completely forgot to plant them this year! I love the part about watching them come up and grow as well. Hope you garden again in the future!

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  2. Wow! I love salads, but I have the anti-green thumb. (What is the opposite of “green” on a color wheel?!) Every green thing under my care dies. So sad. But my older daughter wanted a compost bin for our back yard, and that’s been cool. She also wants a garden, but she’s had to be contented with the one at my parents’ house.

    I’ve never heard of a dehydrator before. What an interesting way of dealing with produce. Can it be used for things like tomatoes or zucchini?

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