In earlier American rural life, communities raised barns because many hands were required. These events occured in a social framework with a good deal of interdependence. Members of rural communities often shared family bonds going back generations. They traded with each other, worshipped with each other and celebrated with each other. Barn raisings were an integral part of life and socializing.

In our modern American life, communities don't mean nearly as much as they did back then. It is our family's goal to bring a sense of community back to our lives and those lives that touch ours.

Friday, February 25, 2011

Garden Planning

I believe I am recatching the cold that I already gave my sweet hubby. Because of this fact I am feeling a bit discombobulated. Most of the day went well enough with some grocery shopping and baking popovers, oggling the newest calf, a quick trip into the next town for a bank visit and the dreaded trip to that big box store that I loathe, ending with rabbit cage cleaning and making pizzas from scratch with my folks. But after running about all day, I am ready for bed. So we will briefly talk about garden planning.
 We are able to have an extremely large plot for a garden this year. This is good for many reasons. I learned to can last year and other than making many batches of pear and peach jams, I was unable to really put my new found skill to use.

 I have also been put in charge of gardening for our landlords. This is a good thing, but now I need to plan for a higher yield. I need some recommendations. What is your favorite thing to grow? What works well for you for preserving purposes? For eating fresh? For cold storage?
Allright. Wish me luck that I am just tired and not actually on the verge of illness.  

1 comment:

  1. I hope you're not feeling crummy today. :(
    As you know, I don't have much experience with canning :), but I have always enjoyed pickled green beans and cucumbers and peppers. You should also can tomatoes so you can solve the whole "no tomatoes from aluminum cans" thing. And you should can some more of your delicious salsas. :)
    By the way, we also enjoyed a brand-new calf today - driving out of Poudre Canyon, just before Ted's Place. It was still wet and both baby and mama had umbilical cord dangling. It was trying to nurse and was so wobbly. It was amazing... ;)