Zucchini Relish

My first canning experience.  I haven’t tasted it yet, but it looks ok.




I bought a bushel of apples and dried them.  Apples taste great with dried, and even better when I sprinkle a little cinnimon and sugar on them before drying.  A great, healthy snack!


Yard Work

I finally finished (mostly) the arbor that I started building last fall. The lower parts are vinyl (for durability) and arch portion is cobbled together from scraps of redwood and Pressure-treated 2×8 (left over from Quincy house, actually!) As soon as I hang the gate, the dog can be confined to just the backyard or front yard, and hopefully the trail in the lawn will disappear. I think it looks nice. (The lilac behind it certainly helps.) Just wait until the trellis sides are covered with the climbing rose I planted…

Here’s an update on the other projects I’ve been working on:

The west flowerbed is starting to take shape

The tractor tire sandbox is quite popular in the neighborhood…

The sq. ft. gardens are also nearing completion. This is the salsa garden with tomatoes, peppers, and cilantro. If anyone has requests for fresh garden produce that can be ready for the baby blessing,please post your comments now.