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Jack Frost

Darn you Jack Frost

So much was lost

You failed to behave

And now I’m a slave

To all this canning*

It’s quite demanding

Tomatoes all tucked in to avoid old Jack Frost

The last two days have been spent harvesting, processing and freezing the garden produce. It’s so much nicer if it can be a)harvested when there isn’t an Alberta Clipper throwing wind up your bunny hug and b)it doesn’t all need to occur all at once. But that’s not how mother nature rolls her punches and so to the task at hand we went.

Down the rows to dig and pick what absolutely had to come in. Buckets of produce then to be washed and dealt with appropriately. The freezers are full full full which I recognize is a good first world problem to have so it’s not a complaint just a statement. Truth is I love filling them up and it’s so much easier now that I’m not balancing a full time job as well.

I take a great deal of satisfaction in growing what we eat for several reasons. Food freshness, taste and quality rank right up there along with the cost savings. That is balanced with the long hours weeding (where even with mulch they got away from me again) and then processing. I always grumble a little after a full day or so in the kitchen but it’s not a grumpy grumble just an I’m tired grumble. Plus lucky me my other half lends a good hand at harvest in the garden and on the packaging side of things.

I did a garden barter this year with another blogger; Kristen over at ShiftingRoots.com. She has 3 small children and not enough hours in her day. I have no concept what to grow in a cut flower garden and frankly I am too cheap to buy all those seeds. So I made her a batch of red hamburger relish in exchange for loads of seeds. Funny how we both felt like we got the better end of the deal!

Later in February when I make carrot muffins or a big batch of borscht or pull of a jar of raspberry vinegar or sauerkraut it bring me warm fuzzys.

Bernie

* Technically it’s not really all canning but I needed that word for rhyming purposes.

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15 thoughts on “Jack Frost

    1. I just might be more inclined to try bartering again. It felt like a win win for both of us and obviously you feel the same way. Thanks for dropping in and commenting.

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      1. I barter whenever I can. I also give things away with an attachment: in receipt of my gift I ask you pay it forward. I’ve accepted no payment for my masks (closing in on 350) – and I’m sure every time someone puts on they think about whether they’ve done something for someone else! It’s sneaky of me.

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    1. Thanks Donna for stopping by and commenting. As to the gardening and processing — I learnt on the farm and never ever quit. I’ve always had a large garden and put up as much as possible. So pleased that my daughter and son both had a garden this year as well.

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  1. What!??? You got an Alberta Clipper? I didn’t send it your way. Sorry about that!
    That said, your garden is impressive as are all your jars of produce! Wow!
    Now you’ve gone an inspired me to go to the market and get some fresh veggies to put away – I don’t have a garden other than some tomatoes on my deck. They’re still doing well and reddening up nicely ๐Ÿ™‚

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    1. Yes an Alberta Clipper — just sharing that nice weather hey! It was -6 here so a killing frost.
      Thanks for saying I inspired you — that feels great. Growing and preserving your own food does feel so good. Enjoy those tomatoes!

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  2. We had frost here before September came, but it only came down to roof level. I covered my Tommy’s on Sunday and Monday nights, but temps did not drop down below 5, even if the feels like was 1. My tommy’s will still be on the vine for another few days as the weather has straightened around (+26 tomorrow). Enjoy the fruits (and veggies) of your labours Bernie. Allan

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    1. I hope mine stay on the vine for another couple of weeks. I have a lot of tomatoes and it’s so much easier to just bring them in when they ripen. Can’t believe we were colder than you guys (-6) and for a sustained period over the night. Like you I for sure will enjoy that summer goodness and weather as long as it lasts. Thanks Allan for stopping by and commenting.

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  3. That is an impressive garden!! I’m hoping to buy a house in the next few months and one of the things I’m looking for is something with a big enough backyard for a garden. Everything just tastes so much better when it’s fresh. Plus I’m sure it’s very satisfying to eat food that you’ve grown. Glad you were able to save your produce before the frost rolled in.

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