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  Topic: Wildlife
Jam Lady

Replies: 365
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PostForum: Conservation and Environment   Posted: Mon Jul 22, 19 1:27 pm   Subject: Wildlife
We have starlings, quite large flocks of them in the winter, because some lunatic man wanted all the birds mentioned in Shakespeare to be here in the USA. He released a number of them in Central Park ...
  Topic: Wildlife
Jam Lady

Replies: 365
Views: 124242
PostForum: Conservation and Environment   Posted: Mon Jul 22, 19 1:50 am   Subject: Wildlife
It's not the temperature. I don't think there is any way for hummingbirds to reach you, Mistress Rose. The ruby throat hummingbirds that summer in New Jersey fly down to Mexico / Central America for t ...
  Topic: It's July
Jam Lady

Replies: 26
Views: 1180
PostForum: Foraging   Posted: Sun Jul 21, 19 1:22 pm   Subject: It's July
They are globe artichoke, Mistress Rose. She starts them at the same time she sows the first broccoli. They produce the same year they are started but do not winter over. She thinks if she had a hoop ...
  Topic: Wildlife
Jam Lady

Replies: 365
Views: 124242
PostForum: Conservation and Environment   Posted: Sat Jul 20, 19 12:43 pm   Subject: Wildlife
The hummingbird feeder holds one cup of sugar water. It needs refilling every third day. And cleaning before refilling. Amazing that those tiny birds consume so much in such a short time frame. I see ...
  Topic: It's July
Jam Lady

Replies: 26
Views: 1180
PostForum: Foraging   Posted: Sat Jul 20, 19 12:38 pm   Subject: It's July
We're in a period of brutal summer weather. Yesterday's high temperature was 95 degrees Fahrenheit and humid. Heat index claims it felt like 113 degrees Fahrenheit. Rain Wednesday & Thursday, clos ...
  Topic: Apricot Butter
Jam Lady

Replies: 5
Views: 249
PostForum: Recipes, Preserving, Homebrewing   Posted: Thu Jul 18, 19 8:09 pm   Subject: Apricot Butter
Refrigerate once opened, Tahir, then it lasts until eaten all up. Several weeks, maybe a couple of months? Depends on how many different jars are open at the same time and what I'm doing with the pres ...
  Topic: Apricot Butter
Jam Lady

Replies: 5
Views: 249
PostForum: Recipes, Preserving, Homebrewing   Posted: Wed Jul 17, 19 4:35 pm   Subject: Apricot Butter
8 cups very coarsely chopped pitted apricots
zest from one large lemon
juice from one large lemon
one cup lavender sugar

Place in pot, bring to boil. Turn heat down to high simmer (bubbles arou ...
  Topic: It's July
Jam Lady

Replies: 26
Views: 1180
PostForum: Foraging   Posted: Wed Jul 17, 19 12:40 am   Subject: It's July
Finished off the chanterelles tonight.

http://www.downsizer.net/gallery/29848/Chanterelles_2019-07_salmon%2C+chanterelles%2C+and+wine.jpg

Oh yes, also some salmon. And wine, a rose.
  Topic: Apricot Butter
Jam Lady

Replies: 5
Views: 249
PostForum: Recipes, Preserving, Homebrewing   Posted: Tue Jul 16, 19 4:12 pm   Subject: Apricot Butter
Got some local apricots and today I made apricot butter with lemon and lavender. Could have used a better proportion of lavender sugar / plain sugar but there you are, I used what I had. What I scrape ...
  Topic: It's July
Jam Lady

Replies: 26
Views: 1180
PostForum: Foraging   Posted: Tue Jul 16, 19 1:06 pm   Subject: It's July
Why change? Because last night we had chanterelles sauteed with onion, green peas, pan broiled shrimp served over rice. And that might have been even a little better.
  Topic: It's July
Jam Lady

Replies: 26
Views: 1180
PostForum: Foraging   Posted: Mon Jul 15, 19 12:10 pm   Subject: It's July
Dinner last night was quite yummy. The chanterelles were prime - open the refrigerator and their perfume just wafted out. We had chanterelles sauteed with onion, diced the leftover broiled chicken thi ...
  Topic: It's July
Jam Lady

Replies: 26
Views: 1180
PostForum: Foraging   Posted: Sun Jul 14, 19 3:54 pm   Subject: It's July
It's July. That means it is hot. And humid. And you know what that means, right?

http://www.downsizer.net/gallery/29847/Chanterelles_2019-07_box+of+chanterelles.jpg

It's time for chanterelles! H ...
  Topic: ... the sky is baby blue, and the just-unfurling leaves ...
Jam Lady

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Views: 1292077
PostForum: Grow Your Own   Posted: Sun Jul 14, 19 12:45 pm   Subject: ... the sky is baby blue, and the just-unfurling leaves ...
Mistress Rose, I think what Gregotyn was suggesting might be something for individual plants. When I coordinated the community garden back in Connecticut - and obviously had a plot of my own - I did s ...
  Topic: ... the sky is baby blue, and the just-unfurling leaves ...
Jam Lady

Replies: 5554
Views: 1292077
PostForum: Grow Your Own   Posted: Sat Jul 13, 19 6:35 pm   Subject: ... the sky is baby blue, and the just-unfurling leaves ...
Just got two more quarts of apricots from the local orchard. So good! Some to eat, some to - what's my name, now . . . some to preserve as jam.
  Topic: ... the sky is baby blue, and the just-unfurling leaves ...
Jam Lady

Replies: 5554
Views: 1292077
PostForum: Grow Your Own   Posted: Thu Jul 11, 19 6:54 pm   Subject: ... the sky is baby blue, and the just-unfurling leaves ...
Re charcoal and biochar - an interesting snippet from a recent Atlas Obscura piece about a recreated traditional Maori garden in New Zealand.

Writing about growing sweet potatoes it notes that: "L ...
 
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