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Strawberry Rocks

I’ve seen and heard about this idea several times now.  It’s time to put it to the test and see if it helps.  The idea is simple.  Paint rocks to look like strawberries to deter birds from wanting to eat your strawberries.  They will try to eat the rocks, not like them, and leave the real strawberries alone.  Our strawberry patch it doing better this year, so I am willing to try anything to keep my strawberries from the birds.  Here is how our rocks turned out.

To paint the strawberries, we used tips from Lee Wismer.  There are lots of pictures, so it is very helpful.  I had my kids paint all the red, they love to help.  Then, I did the leaves and seeds myself.  I’m not an artist or tole painter, but I think my strawberries turned out pretty good.  I’m hoping the birds will hate them.  🙂

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Garden Plan

I am a planner.  The last few months we have worked hard to plan our yard and garden.  First, I hired a designer to draw up our landscape design.  

I just loved the layout he came up with.  (If you are in Utah County, Cory at In-Site Design Group was our great designer!)  We had a landscaping company put in the rock wall, patio, and orchard.  Now it is our turn to get the garden in.  We have a huge garden space, it’s about 30 X 60 feet.  Last year, we just tossed everything in to see how it would do.  This year we are doing it better, with a better plan.  We drew up our plan using graph paper.  We hope to do a digital plan sometime, but for now, this works.

Then, last week we started a bunch of seed.  (Last year we bought and planted a lot of plant starts.  It worked great, but it was a lot more expensive.)  After only one week, we can see most of the plants starting to grow!

A month ago or so, my boys planted these seeds at cub scouts.  Some tomatoes and flowers.  They are doing really good now!

This year, we tilled our soil and added some fertilizer, so we are ready to go.  I’m really excited about our little plants growing and so are my kids!  It’s been good for us to start from seeds to really see the whole process.

What are you growing this year?

Do you have any planning-your-garden tips for me that would make it easier next year?

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Freezer Corn Recipe

I have been working hard this week trying to keep up with the harvest of my garden.  We planted a lot this year, so I knew I would have a lot of work ahead of me.  I’m learning a lot.  The hardest part for me is that I don’t have a collection of recipes for pickles, salsa, etc…. that I love.  So, I’m trying a few different recipes to see which ones I love the most.  So far this week I’ve made pickles, zucchini bread, salsa, and freezer corn.

Freezer corn is my favorite because I have a recipe we love.  It’s quick and easy too!

1. Remove husks
2. Wash corn
3. Cut corn off cob
4. Cook corn with other ingredients
5. Put corn in freezer baggies
6. Quickly put bags of corn in the freezer
7. Enjoy fresh corn all year long!

Freezer Corn Recipe
9 cups corn cut off the cob
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup water
1/3 cup butter
1 tsp salt

Cook on high.  Let boil 5 minutes.  Put in baggies, and quickly put into freezer.

A few tips:
*When we planted our corn, we first planted 4 rows.  In two weeks, we planted 4 more rows.  This way, we don’t have ALL the corn ready at the same time!  Thank goodness.
*It took us about 15 ears of corn to get 9 cups of corn off the cob.
*We put 2 (plus a little) cups in each quart size baggie, making 3 baggies per batch of corn cooked.
*My husband loves his sharp knife for cutting, but this year we used a tool that I borrowed from my cousin and we loved it!  If you are doing a lot of corn, THIS might be a good investment.

Other things I’ve gotten done.

What’s next?  Green beans!

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