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A Few Reminders

A Few Reminders

I hope you have a really great, paisley weekend!

Please take a moment to look at a few past posts that are in need of some comments and advice.

First off, I need help with some canning concerns. If you have some experience with canning and preserving, I really need your help. Please take a moment to look over the article on Whimsical Wednesday and let me know what you think.

Second, I’m still in need of some ideas for my crazy science experiment with radish tops. Read the article about Myrosinase and give me some feedback.

Feedback welcome always! Oh, and don’t forget to tell your friends about the site = )

I’m out to the garden now. Again, have a great weekend. I hope it’s sooo paisley!~KeriAnne

Anyone Can Can? 5 Things to Can and Preserve This Year

Anyone Can Can? 5 Things to Can and Preserve This Year

I am amazed at the resurgence in popularity of life skills that were once completely taken for granted, deemed “archaic” and “dying arts” that now are considered chic and fresh. Recently I read an article that surmised more people under the age of thirty knit than do over the age of sixty. My friend Staci Brown, a statistics teacher, would say that was skewed because of population density or size of survey but that, notwithstanding, is an interesting supposition I think.

Anywhere you look you can see a mounting interest in homesteading, gardening, canning and preserves, and several of the needle arts from bygone eras. You can find it in the bookstores, on television, on the radio, podcasts a plenty, even our fashions are reflecting the trend.

One of the most popular dresses right now is a modern version of the “pillow case” dresses that were prevalent in the depression of the Thirties. It’s interesting to me that during the depression these were used because flour sacks and feed sacks were used to make pillowcases because that was the only “fabric” people could afford or was available, and now these dresses are made from expensive designer material very often.

Dress made from Flour Sack 

Antique Flour Sack Dress

New "Pillow case" dress

Modern equivalent of the old "Pillow Case" Dress


So what does any of this have to do with the garden? Hold your horses, I’m getting there.

We’re at the precipice of the growing season, so close to jumping off. Now is when we need to decide to can or not to can. If you’re going to be putting up some of your produce, it’s a good idea to get your stuff together now so you’re not in a mad scramble come August or September when you have fifty pounds of tomatoes, two bushels of zucchini and mountains of green beans in your kitchen. If you’re not going to can, you should start deciding who you’ll be giving all of your leftovers to and arrange for delivery. ; )

If nothing else, start looking for bargains on canning jars, easily the most expensive component when canning after you have your basic equipment. Remember, you can reuse jars, but you’ll need new lids and collars. I get jars from estate sales and yard sales all the time, you’re going to sterilize them anyway, why not?

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5 Things I Want to Know About You or Sunny With a Chance of Parsnips

5 Things I Want to Know About You or Sunny With a Chance of Parsnips

It rained non stop for five days. After the drought we have had, let me tell you, it was glorious. I didn’t even mind getting soaked trying to run into the church building yesterday. Today dawned warm and sunny, which means I need to be out in the garden. The seedlings are going to be set out soon and there are still chores to be completed before that can happen.

So, today is all about you. I want to know five things about you. I’m always talking about me. I want to hear from you. What is your gardening story? Who are your gardening heroes? What makes you tick and what makes you sick? After you leave your comments, send me a message with the title “Paisley Parsnip Participant” to paisleycarrot@gmail.com with your particulars and I’ll send you a packet of seeds. Thanks for participating, and have a Paisley day~KeriAnne

  1. Finish this sentence: If I could only grow one thing, it would be…
  2. Would you say a) I have always had an interest in gardening, it’s been a passion all of my life. b) I have always liked plants, but I didn’t really garden until later in life. c) I never really thought of gardening one way or another until (insert event) happened. d) toothbrush
  3. The one person that has influenced my garden or love of gardening is__________and this is why___________.
  4. I don’t grow___________, and this is why ____________.
  5. If I had more room I would a) plant more plants of ___________ b) branch out to other plants like maybe _____________ c) get more animals instead of more plants d) toothbrush

Thanks again. Don’t forget to email me with the title “Paisley Parsnips Participant” at paisleycarrot@gmail.com for your free seeds. Free seed offer ends April 1, 2012