In the Garden ~ Again!
15 May 2013 | 10:59 am

OK, it's been forever since I blogged about the garden.  I was really inspired to get North Country Rustics on it's feet.  But now I feel I need some balance in my life.  I love working on carvings but I do that down in the dark workshop, hidden away from the sun, for hours on end.  It's time to step into the sunshine and make my gardens shine again.  Balance (not an easy concept for me but I will try).

And apparently it's not that easy for Mother Nature either.  Here in the North Country we went from winter to summer, back to winter, then finally a day or two of spring.  Yikes!  Despite the weather I have ventured into the garden a couple times already and imagine my dismay when I found this on my young Maple!
Just the sight of these few spots startled me!  What Could they be?
 So I headed across the yard to my other young maple.  We had planted these a couple years ago and while the first flourished the second fumbled along.  But I still have hope for it.  At least I did until I got there and saw this...
Time to Investigate these Red Spores!
 Off to Google I go!  Within a few minutes I had decided that these were Maple Gall Mites.  Most sites say that they don't harm the tree and they are a purely cosmetic issue.  But these leaves look deformed to me.  They certainly seem to be destructive to the tree.  I think I'll call Cornell Co-Op Extension.  See what the real experts have to say.  

In other Garden Areas, the beds have been prepared.  Just need a little weed control in the walkways.  (Always need weed control in the walkways ~ If only my Maples were as hardy as those weeds!)  I do love my Rustic Garden.  I love growing foods for our family.  Happiness looks like a waiting Garden!

Raised Garden Beds ~ Just like the Great Camps of the Adirondacks!  How Lucky I am!

Still have to add some nutrients and some peat moss...and Weed the Walkways!

But this little fella won't wait for all the good stuff!  He's survived from last year! Love Strawberries!

300 Radishes? Are you CRAZY!
30 July 2010 | 11:41 pm

My newest "follower" (Hi! Thyme2gardennow) very nicely questioned my decision to plant over 300 radishes! And I was about to respond that I have a great recipe posted about last year's radishes...but after a quick search I realized that I never posted the recipe! So, to explain why I would plant so many radishes...I planted about 60 last year. They all were ready at the same time. Unable to eat more than just a handful I went in search of a recipe. I found a great one called Rosy Radish Relish posted by gardenlad at gardenweb

I was just learning how to can and loved the ease of this recipe.

Rosy Radish Relish

3 cups stemmed radishes
2 large ribs of celery
1 large red onion
2 tsp salt
1 cup sugar
1 tbls mustard seed
2 tsp dill seed
1/2 tsp celery seed
1 cup vinegar
2 tbls prepared horseradish

Put radishes, celery, and onion through course blade of grinder (or chop
finely). Mix with remaining ingredients and let stand for 3 hours.
In large pot, bring to boil and cook for 10 minutes. Pour into hot jars
(pints or 1/2 pints) leaving 1/2 inch head space. Apply lids and
process jars in hot water bath for 20 minutes.

It's a very simple recipe and even a newbie at canning will be able to complete this recipe. My 60~ish radishes made just one batch last year. The relish was such a hit that within just a couple months it was completely gone. This time, Hubby wants enough to last the whole year.

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