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Some garden vegetables were mature ready for harvest. They were processed into seven pressure canned liters of juice. The vegetables were, basil, kale, collards, Romaine lettuce and radishes. Quantities were 1/8 pound of basil,1 lbs of kale, 2 pounds of collards, 1 lb of Romaine lettuce, 1 lb of radishes. They were cleaned and placed in a cooking pot with about five liters of water. The contents were cooked until soft and blended into a slurry. The slurry was strained through a food mill of 2 mm screen and this residue was put through a Champion Juicer to extract all nutrients. The liquid obtained was then placed in liter jars and pressure canned at 15 PSI for 15 minutes for long term storage at room temperature.
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This grows every year from two bulbs planted ten years ago. The vegetation disappears completely during the Summer. When the flowers first open they have strong unpleasant odor to attract insects for pollination. Has no human uses except for the rather unique flower.
The voodoo lily (Arum dracunculus) is also called black arum, dragonwort and dragon arum. It is also known as the stink lily because of the unpleasant aroma the flower emits to attract its main pollinators, such as flies, beetles and ants. They are native to Mediterranean Europe, the Balkans and southwest Turkey.
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Periodically is necessary to protect small individual seedlings like, Brussels sprout and Romaine lettuce from marauding rabbits. Chicken wire is relatively low cost and readily available in 100 foot rolls two feet wide. It is made into 2 foot high cylinders and placed around the plant. The cage is generally self supporting, but is easily strengthened with the addition of a small stake if deemed necessary. The wire is cut into the appropriate length, three times the diameter required. The open ends are joined with wire pipe cleaners from a kraft store. The simple cylinder is placed around the target plant. For storage at the end of the season the wire pieces may be rolled into a compact cylinder. I could find nothing suitable commercially.
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Fifteen pounds of rhubarb from six plants was cooked with five pounds of delicious apples,and processed into 18 liters of juice and pressure canned at 15 PSI for 15 minute for long term storage at room temperature. The apples cut the tart flavour of the rhubarb. This was the first pressure canning processing for 2016.
Process is: Cut both the apples and rhubarb into smaller pieces, add enough water to cover the material in the cooking pot, cook until soft and blend into a homogeneous slurry. Two batches were necessary due to the quantity. The slurry was then strained through a 2mm mesh food processor and placed in liter jars ready for pressure canning. The capacity of the pressure canner is 7 one liter jars. Pictures depict the process.
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A flat of watermelon plants were purchased. Crimson sweet is the type. There were two in each division and four divisions. There were planted in four spaces and will be allowed to trail around the circular plot. The roots were marked to facilitate watering the roots as required. The area was mulched to retain moisture. Melons grow well in this Zone 5.
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A row of Okra (Jambalaya hybrid) seeds were planted. Okra grows well depending upon how hot the Summer is in Zone 5. This year it should do well. The mulch was removed and the seeds placed in the soil. The board was placed on top to be removed when germination occurs. Spacing should be around ten inches.
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My complete garden is mulched with wood chips, which are from deciduous trees composted for about a year. The mulch is scraped back to plant seeds and seedlings as required. The main purpose of this procedure is to limit moisture loss due to Sun. This year 15 cubic yards were used, purchased at $10.00 per yard. A load of 10 yards was delivered and I pick up half a yard in the van as required.
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27 May 2016 Snowball Bush (Viburnum opulus ‘Roseum’) is in full bloom.
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This pretty shrub flowers yearly. There is no scent to the flowers. No bugs attack this plant. Strictly ornamental.
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This fine fruit tree grows well but must elude frost and birds particularly robins to get any harvest. The late Spring frost destroyed all fruit the last two years. And three years ago an abundant potential harvest was taken by robins. The tree is too large to physically cover economically. I am trying a plastic hawk as a deterrent this year, plus a bit of fiber glass screening. The fruit is almost as good as that from BC but not as abundant.
The cultivars Tehranivee, are self-fruitful, requiring no cross-pollination.A new mahogany coloured self fertile sweet cherry with black-red juice. Tehranivee has excellent flavor as well as size, sweetness and firmness. Bred by famed Canadian researcher Gus Tehrani, it was released in 1996, from the Vineland Ontario Station and is a cross of Van and Stella.