The Shield of the Weed Warrior

When you plant your garden in the spring it is nice to put down weed barriers to lessen future demands on your time. I save my paper bags from sugar, flour, potatoes, and from the grocery store. You just cut a hole in the paper and place it around the newly planted plant. It works great for any kind of squash. Tomatoes like having the paper around them and it reduces their chances of getting blight since that disease is born in the soil. We put paper under our watermelons and cantaloupes.  Sometimes we cover the paper with wood chips or grass clippings.

There has been so much rain this summer that the weed barrier in our garden has worn away or perhaps washed away. To keep weeding to a minimum, I have been cutting pieces of paper from grocery shopping bags and slipping them under my plants. Place a two or more rocks on the paper to hold it in place. Works great! Saves time and money!

So, do you understand the title? Weed barrier is the shield of the Weed Warrior!

Ready, Set, Time to Can Those Vegetables and Fruits!!!

Canning season is almost here. Are you ready? You need a source of fresh vegetables or fruit. Is your garden producing an abundance of fresh vegetables? Do you have a local grower you can buy fresh vegetables from? You need many clean jars. Do you have a supply of new lids? Is the cabinet or shelf clean where you are going to put all of your newly canned treasures?

What about your canning equipment? Is your canner in working order? Do you have funnels, ladles, and a sharp paring knife?

How about spices? Go through the recipes you use for canning. Do you need more pickling spice, cinnamon, dill seed, or salt? If you start to plan now, then get prepared, your 2017 canning season will be more enjoyable and rewarding.