Preserving the Harvest and our ‘Photo of the Week’

Greetings Garden Friends!

What a great week it’s been here at the Garden Spot! Last Saturday we had our very first canning class with Susy Hymas of Daylight Harvest Foods. Two-thirds of the class were beginning canners, and we got some very good information.

canning class/garden-spot-nurseryA Few Canning Tips We Learned from Susy:

1– If you’re canning fruit or pickling, you can use a boiling water canner. For meats and vegetables, you need a pressure canner.

2– Don’t use overripe fruit. Canning won’t improve the quality of fruit.

3– Follow the recipe, if you add more low-acid ingredients (onions, garlic etc.) you could promote botulism.

Thanks Susy! We all had a great time and learned a lot. In case you missed the class, Susy will be at the Cordata Community Food Co-op on Sept. 23rd. Find out more here.

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tomato harvest

This time of year is grand for vegetable gardeners because we are all tasting the fruits of our labor. Crisp carrots, tasty beans and of course, tomatoes! We really had the best summer ever when it came to tomato-growing weather. Our staff and our customers all reported record tomato harvests this year.

That said, there will always be those last few green tomatoes on the vine. What can you do with these besides making fried green tomatoes? Well we’ve got an expert tip for you from one of our customers, Bonnie Dunbar of Maple Falls.

green brandywines/garden-spot-nursery

This year Bonnie grew Brandywine tomatoes for the first time, but was having trouble ripening them. Well she found this method on the internet, and yesterday she brought in a ripe and fragrant Brandywine tomato to show all of us at the Garden Spot.

ripening brandywines in jars/garden-spot-nursery

Bonnie said to simply put your tomatoes in a large jar with an apple, then cover with cling wrap and store the jar in a cool, dark place. In two weeks or so, your tomatoes will start to ripen. Thanks for the great tip Bonnie!

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Our Facebook “Photo of the Week” contest continued this week and the winning photo gave us a new “perspective” on the garden.

Karen Glenn Mason -spider

We enjoyed this photo because it captured the connection to the natural world that gardening gives all of us. We were pretty impressed with the lush perennials and ferns in the background as well!

Thanks to everyone who participated! YOU could win next week. To enter, just post your best garden/project/design photos to our Facebook page. One winner is chosen every Friday.

Happy Harvesting Everyone!

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