More produce from the garden

We managed to rescue most of our peaches from the peach tree this year.  We beat the birds and the netting meant we were able to get a good crop.

I have made a couple of batches of peach and vanilla jam.  We don’t eat much jam but our elder daughter’s family enjoys this particular jam so I make it mainly for them.

I put some of the jam into small breakfast jars so the children can have a little jar each.

We also had quite a few cucumbers this year so I have made some Bread and Butter Cucumbers.  These pickled cucumbers are delicious on a dry biscuit with cheddar cheese.

You can find the recipe on a previous post I wrote.

Do you know what this is?

It is a solenoid.  We inherited a drip irrigation system when we moved into this house nine years ago.  The system has been pretty good and we have only had to have one visit from professionals to fix a  problem we had when an animal had chewed through some wires.  This time the solenoid was the problem.  Each of the solenoids is housed in a box and we haven’t looked into these boxes as there is really no need to.

In future we will make sure we do regular inspections of the boxes as there was a problem in one of the boxes that caused our system to stop working.  When I checked the box I discovered that the solenoid was completely covered with roots from a neighbouring bush.  After I had removed all the offending roots I discovered that the roots had damaged the solenoid.

I was able to go to the irrigation store and buy a new solenoid and my clever husband was able to put the new solenoid in.

All systems are now go.

I have just been looking at some old posts of mine and came across this one.

More activity linked to gardening.

Part of the love of gardening is the enjoyment to be had from the fruits of your labour.  When vegetables and fruit ripen and flowers and bushes bloom you can take the time to enjoy your hard work.

We have had a great crop of tomatoes this year but I only planted the tiny tomatoes, not those that you use for making sauce so I had to buy a box of tomatoes to make our sauce.  I have made a batch of sauce from eight kilos of tomatoes.  I usually cook the sauce in two kilo lots so it was four lots of cooking over a couple of days.

The batch is now waiting for me to put on the labels.

On this previous post you can check out the recipe I use.