Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Random Tuesday Fact

...which is a day late, but this time, I have my satellite internet connection to blame. I was all set to write this up last evening, but the connection winked out and never came back before I went to bed.

Just a little fact today: sugar is nature's antifreeze. This is why some cool weather crops are best planted in the fall (when the weather turns colder every day) than in the spring (when the weather actually gets warmer every day, heading toward summer).

Examples? Carrots, cabbage and beets.

And on the topic of veggies, peas, which normally do fine in the spring, kind of sucked for us this year. It was such a wet spring that dh got them in a little late, and then we had a stretch of really hot weather which didn't make the plants happy. So, our harvest this year was much, much smaller than last year's. Had some for dinner the previous night: butter and Jane's Mixed Up Crazy Salt does wonders for most foods. Dh made potato salad last night: our potatoes, our eggs, our celery, and our dill. If we weren't so lazy, it'd be our mayo as well. Our plan is to make our own pickle relish this year. Does anyone have a good pickle relish recipe to share with us? :)

Happy Canada Day to my fellow Canadians today!

"I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I needed to be." ~ Douglas Adams

10 comments:

Michelle said...

Yum, the potato salad is making me hungry. My mom use to have a good potato salad recipe that I wish I could find. Do you put mustard in yours?

Teri said...

That potato salad looks divine. I am so impressed that you even grow potatoes. How big is your garden? I love this stuff.

egassner said...

Our peas were pretty sad looking too...and I'm being wayyy too lazy to go dig out my pickle relish right now. Lol. It's a sweet relish. My MIL makes a pretty good dill relish. Which were you looking for?

The Blonde Duck said...

Sugar is my antifreeze too...

I get off assginment early today, so I should be able to send you your story! I just want to revise it!

TeresaR said...

Michelle, hmmm, I don't think dh put mustard in this, but don't quote me! LOL! Let me ask him tonight when he gets home.

Teri, we have over 50 beds that are 3' by 10' big. :> I mentioned it a bit in my post http://homesteadnotes.blogspot.com/2009/06/more-gardening-fun.html And potatoes are super easy to grow as long as voles don't get your stuff.

Elizabeth, we love both the sweet and the dill relish, so would love to know your recipes for either! =)

Blonde Duck, you are so funny! ;D Can't wait to read your stories!

Julie@Momspective said...

Does that mean filling a tub with sugar won't help my hot flashes? What about that chocolate pudding? Hmm...maybe sugar free chocolate pudding?

Maureen said...

I'm going to have to get me some of that salt, it sounds good. I did not know that about sugar. Interesting that those are all my favorite vegies....

TeresaR said...

Julie, LOL!! I wish it could help, I really do. :}

Maureen, it is a really terrific and versatile salt! Dh uses that or Herbamare for most of his seasonings. :)

cake said...

thanks for the info on fall crops. that makes such good sense. i am determined to plant some fall stuff. when do we start?

also, i really admire the potato salad, and know how satisfying it is to have a dish with so many of your home grown food it it. plus, it just looks yummy.

TeresaR said...

Cake, dh says you can start planting now, esp if you're starting them from seed. He also suggests a staggered planting so you can have your harvest from Sept on through until frost (and beyond if stored in the root cellar!).

And thanks! We take great satisfaction from eating as much out of our garden as we can. :)