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Post  johnp on 8/6/2014, 7:57 am

My favorite time of the year, started last Sat. with a half gallon of fermenting hot pickles. Today the water bath canner comes out for 5 pounds of rhubarb with tart cherries, onion and garlic chutney. This weekend I get a box of western slope peaches and I going to open my last years Christmas present, a pressure canner. I can't hardly wait.

Although the grasshoppers have done major damage, my tomatoes, cuc's and peppers have been the best ever. The tomatillo's and eggplant have been the hardest hit but I have gotten some results. The winter squash looks great.
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Post  Windmere on 8/6/2014, 9:13 am

I have never had enough produce to justify investing in canning equipment... but some day I would like to learn how to preserve my food this way.  Congratulations on a productive harvest.  I hope it continues and gets better and better.  Please keep us posted!
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Post  happycamper on 8/6/2014, 5:26 pm

Sounds like an excellent harvest and more to come. Great job and Happy Canning!
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Post  CapeCoddess on 8/7/2014, 3:07 pm

@Windmere wrote:I have never had enough produce ...
I 2nd that.  Mostly I use my pressure canner to can up beans that I buy in bags at the grocery.  Altho I did do some stewed SFG toms and some salsa last year.  That was pretty yummy in the dead of winter!

John, are the rhubarb, garlic & onions out of the SFG?

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Post  johnp on 8/7/2014, 5:43 pm

Rhubarb, garlic and onions out of the garden but I didn't do so well with the cinnamon  tree and the ginger root. Laughing My rhubarb is not red except at the very base so the chutney is not very appealing. I am going to open the non sealed jar in a week or so to see if it was worth doing. It did give me a good practice round before I start in earnest though.

Just as a side note about nothing about gardening but I sold my shop and everything is out and  tomorrow we close the shop and throw the keys through the mail slot for the new tenants. Have to rent some storage space for three months to finish ongoing projects but I can finally call myself all most retired.   
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Post  TCgardening on 8/7/2014, 7:38 pm

CONGRATULATIONS on the retirement!!!!
One thing I really miss in Fla is the Rhubarb. Having Mangos help but it still isn't a good tart Rhubarb.
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Post  sanderson on 8/7/2014, 11:57 pm

John, Congrats on your retirement. I love being able to do what I want, when I want. Garden right out the back door 24/7, shopping when there are no crowds, noon movies . . .
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Post  Judy McConnell on 8/8/2014, 6:59 am

John - congrats on the retirement - more time for gardening??
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Post  johnp on 8/8/2014, 7:47 am

More time for gardening, you bet. Of course I have a years worth of projects at home that I have been putting off, more beds to build and on and on...
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