Mama Martin

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Garden Update July 29, 2011

Filed under: gardening — janelmartin @ 2:25 pm
2 cherry tomato plants and a gourd share this trellis. in the background are different kinds of lettuce and black beans

I recently realized that a friend of mine has a garden.  I was pleasantly surprised by what she had planted.  She asked me what I planted and asked for pictures.  I’ve been meaning to post my garden pictures for quite some time, but somehow I never get around to it.  I took fresh pictures this morning.  Some things in our garden are finished for the year and some have just begun.  I need to plant some more green beans and lettuce.  I am also hoping to plant one more cabbage. Between the rain and too hot days I have also let way too many weeds grow in our garden.  Maybe I’ll get to it this weekend 🙂


Blueberries Everywhere July 25, 2011

Filed under: canning — janelmartin @ 11:07 am

I decided to get another 20 lb. box of blueberries because my husband said they were his favorite berry.  Dean loves berries in general and for him to actually have a favorite of something is a pretty big deal. So on Saturday the blueberry madness began.  I canned 5 Qts. of blueberry pie filling and have another 3 cups in the fridge to turn into a pie.  I froze 4 Qts of blueberries Sat and Sunday.  Last night I made Blueberry Crumble.  This morning we had blueberry pancakes for breakfast.

There are still plenty of blueberries left.  I want to make blueberry syrup for ice cream.  Dean’s mom made this once when he was growing up and he still remembers it.  He said the key ingredient to the recipe was cinnamon. I’m hoping the recipe I find turns out somewhat like his moms 🙂 I’ll probably freeze most of what is left.  It seems like most recipes call for fresh or frozen blueberries.  Oh- I forgot to mention that all three of the boys in this house consumed quarts of blueberries before they were put into any recipe.  This is the easiest way to use up blueberries!


Let the Canning Begin July 12, 2011

Filed under: canning — janelmartin @ 3:28 pm

On Saturday my friend Aimee and I headed to Rohrbach’s Farm Market.  We were planning on picking raspberries.  When we got there we asked someone where we go to pick raspberries.  She told us that it would be better if we came back on Monday because there weren’t many berries.  I’m glad that we decided to go look at the raspberry patch.  There were plenty of berries!

the raspberries left after canning and making bars

Raspberry Peach Bars

I also bought a 20 lb. box of blueberries.  I didn’t realize how many berries were in a 20 lb. box.  It’s a lot!!  When I got home I started making raspberry pie filling and blueberry pie filling.  The blueberry pie filling went so much better this year than last.  I had a better plan of attack.  I still made a mess, but it was a more organized process.  Hopefully once we have our countertops it will go even smoother.

Sometimes I forget that I can’t possibly do everything that I need to do.  The afternoon before I went berry picking I drove past a vegetable stand at someone’s house and stopped to look at their green beans.  I could buy a bushel for $9.  That is cheaper than anywhere else I can find them.  SO on top of all the berries I also had green beans to can.  Not only did I get a great price, but I also got way more green beans than are normally in a bushel.  So our shelves are starting to fill up 🙂


Kisses and Raspberries June 29, 2011

Filed under: gardening — janelmartin @ 9:47 pm

When I was changing Wesley’s diaper for naptime today I gave him some kisses and raspberries on his neck and face.  He enjoyed it so much that he grabed me for a hug.  The hug made sure that I stayed close to him and would continue giving her more love in this obvious way.  He giggled and giggled.

This small event in my day reminded me of what a blessing children are.  I wish more people would view their children in this manor, instead of as a burden.

While we are speaking of raspberries, Calvin, Wesley and I went to my friend’s house today to pick some raspberries.  Here is what I made with what we picked:

a raspberry strawberry pie

6 pints of raspberry jam and 2 quarts of frozen berries


Pea Trellises May 3, 2011

Filed under: gardening — janelmartin @ 5:29 pm

It was such a beautiful day outside that I decided to get my trellises up for our peas. Thanks to Dean's parents for the twine. It's what they cut off of their horses hay. The peas growing in this picture are Wando.

This is where the Dark Seeded Early Perfection peas were planted. I was planning on comparing the two types of peas, but when the guy was putting the gutters on he stepped in this dirt a lot. This is also where my black beans will be planted.

Our Cascadian Sugar Snap Peas


starting tomato plants April 20, 2011

Filed under: gardening — janelmartin @ 3:04 am

This year I started my tomato plants in February.  I also started some other things, but nothing grows as good as  tomatoes.  So many of the starters did well that I have been giving them away.  I still have three more people to give them to.

My peas continue to grow taller outside, so that keeps me happy for the moment.  I love checking out what is growing in my garden. Broccoli and lettuce were planted outside a few days ago- before the rain started.  It’s hard for me to wait at this time of year for the rain to stop, the ground to dry and for the planting to begin. Hopefully it can dry out enough that I can plant this weekend.  We’ll see 🙂


spring has started! April 11, 2011

Filed under: gardening — janelmartin @ 1:45 pm

Our flowers started to come up quite a while ago, but they just bloomed over the weekend.  Now we need some sunny days so they will turn upwards.

Our peas have started to peek their heads out of the ground.  I so excited to be able to eat fresh peas.  Calvin loves helping me pick, shell and eat peas!