Tadpole's Outdoor Blog

July 22, 2013

time to pick cucumbers and make pickles

Every year about this time,

my wife gets into the pickle making mode.

IMG_1194This year was tough on getting good stand of cucumbers.

We planted three different times

as each time we planted,

it seem to flood and drown the plants.

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Once we get plenty of cucumbers for pickles,

we will put out a sign for

“free cucumbers”.

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After collecting cucumbers.

they are washed.

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Then the jars are washed.

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The cucumbers are stuffed into pint jars.

Then she adds Dill, Garlic and Pickling Salt

plus other ingredients.

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About every ten days the jars are

turned over.

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She will make around 300 jars of  pickles

which will include ‘bread n butter’, hot dill

and regular dill.

AND SHE GIVES ALL OF THEM TO FAMILY AND FRIENDS!

October 24, 2011

Our new raised bed for Dill and Garlic

We built the frame out of sweet gum logs to keep the nature appearance.

Once the logs were stacked three high, the bed was lined with tar paper

to prevent the encroachment of tree roots.

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Filling the bed with soil was made  easy by using our Kubota.

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Once it rains and the soil settles,

the tar paper will be trimmed.

We will then plant the Dill Weed seed and Garlic Cloves.

Instructions for planting Garlic:

“Plant individual garlic cloves in October. First, break apart the bulb and separate the cloves, leaving the papery skin intact. Choose the largest cloves from the bulb for planting. Push each clove into the soil about 3 to 4 inches deep, with the pointy side up. Cover the garlic seed with 2 to 3 inches of soil and pat down. Cover the area you planted with mulch.Keep your garlic plants happy with regular watering.”

Instructions for Dill Weed:

Here are a few suggestions to start you on your way to a crop of dill:

  • Dill, like most herbs, loves to bask in the sun, but will tolerate afternoon shade.

  • Dill grows up to 3 feet tall, so plant it in the back of your flower, vegetable or herb garden.
  • Sow seeds close together. This will allow the plants, which blow over easily to support each other.

  • Cover the seeds lightly, and allow a week or two for them to germinate.

  • For a continuous crop, sow repeatedly from mid spring to early summer.”

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