Monthly Archives: June 2016

Using What You Have

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Sometimes things just don’t work out.  Especially in the garden.  All the years I have been gardening, I have yet to find a cage/trellis/thing a ma jig or anything that will work for my tomatoes.  I LOVE tomatoes and always plant several varieties.  They start growing and then basically take over their space!

Well, I am excited that this year I am trying a few new things that I think are going to work out pretty nicely.  As I was planting this spring, I spaced my tomato plants far enough apart but I forgot which variety I planted so I guess I will have a surprise when they start growing LOL.

In my search to build the perfect “cage” so to speak, I walked out back of our shop to see what I could find.  I always use stuff laying around here before I go out and buy something. Being in construction, we are always have something I can use LOL.  And, I don’t like being wasteful.

I found two pieces of re bar and I used mason twine, which is much stronger than your normal twine.  I already had an old chain link gate that I started training one of my tomato plants but I knew it wouldn’t be enough.  So, I pounded the re bar in the ground in front of the tomato plant and then wrapped the twine around and staggering it every 4 inches.  This one will work out good cause as the tomatoes grow, I will just hang them on the twine.

The other tomato plant, I set two fence posts the length of my garden bed and then just tied the twine and staggered it.  As this one grows, I can train it to go through the twine and then hang the tomatoes as they grow.  I am so excited and so glad I’m not frustrated this year with my tomatoes!

Now that I have my trellises made, I have to tell you that I have never been able to grow tomatoes in the month of June before.  It’s just way too hot here in Florida.  This year is different since trying the Back to Eden Gardening method.  I am truly amazed at how planting God’s way has made a difference in how my garden grows.If you get a chance, check out their video on how it all works.

What types of things do you use for trellises or cages?  Do you use things around your property or have you found something in a store that’s truly amazing?  I’d love to hear either in an email, comment below or on my Facebook page.

 

Blessings!

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Refreshing Sweet Peach Tea

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Now that blueberry season has come to an end, peach season here in the south is in full swing.  Sweet tea is a staple here in Florida.  Really, it is.  The only thing I do not like about it is the processed chemical sugar that they use in restaurants.  Now that I am older and wiser, I have removed conventional sugar from our diet.  I now sweeten with raw honey or coconut sugar.  I’ve even used Stevia too.

There’s just something about having tea sweet.  I mean who orders tea or makes tea at home (except herbal kinds) without it being sweet.  That’s just not right!

I recently went Peach Pickin’ at a local farm and had a blast!  You can read all about it HERE.  After I started chopping up those peaches for the freezer, I thought to myself, “Wouldn’t some of those peaches be good in my tea”.  Well, it sure is good and let me tell you…they are so sweet and juicy you don’t even need sugar.  You heard it right.  I’m drinking sweet peach tea without the sugar LOL.

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I can only vouch for these that I picked at my local farm. If you don’t have access to one, then try the ones at the store.  Ask the produce manager where they were grown.  If they are close to your town, then go for it.

 

So here’s my yummy refreshing Sweet Peach Tea recipe….

Refreshing Sweet Peach Tea

  • Servings: 4-8
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients:

2-3 ripe fresh picked peaches

3 Family size Lipton (this is the best, well, we think so) Tea bags

4 cups of water

½ gallon mason jar

 

Directions:

Boil water and place the tea bags in a bowl.  Cover and let steep for 30 minutes.  Add your peaches to the Mason jar and then pour the steeped tea over them.  Fill the rest of the jar with water. Tighten the lid and sit it outside on your fence post or back porch for an hour or so.  Then, grab you a pint size mason jar with some ice and pour the tea in your glass.  It is so sweet! When you get down to the bottom of the glass, don’t forget to eat those peaches too! Enjoy!

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P.S. If you are going to use one of the sweeteners I recommended above, add about 1/3 cup to the tea while it’s steeping.  This will allow it to dissolve and blend well with the tea.

You can also enjoy that glass of sweet peach tea on one of my Mason jar lid coasters.  Aren’t these the cutest?

 

 

In an effort to create healthy meals for my family, drinks need to be considered as well.  This is really a refreshing naturally sweet drink to enjoy on a hot summer day or at a family picnic.

 

Blessings!

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