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Canning 101: Preserving the Fruits of Your Labor!

Canning 101: Preserving the Fruits of Your Labor!

We are quickly approaching the end of summer.  I hope all the rain we experienced this summer helped in producing an abundance in your gardens.  So what do you do with all the fruits of your labor?  Why not try canning them?  Now, I know what some of you may be thinking.  It's too time consuming.  It's too hard.  I don't know where to begin?!  Canning is a super easy task that with some planning doesn't take much effort or time on your part. 

I am fortunate to have a long line of great cooks in my family and a mom who taught me a lot about cooking and canning.  I canned my first batch of tomatoes shortly after getting married and what a difference it was from the store bought.  Nothing against store bought canned goods.  I find myself using them quite often.  However, nothing is more satisfying than opening a jar of something you created!

So, I am sharing the "recipe" my mom taught me for canning tomatoes. 

Supplies Needed:

At least 12 quart size jars, washed thoroughly and equipped with seals and bands. 

Canner (most can be purchased at a discount or hardware store)

Step 1:

Begin by peeling and coring your tomatoes.  Next, cut them into fourths and place them in a large pot on the stove.  Slightly cover the tomatoes with water.  Bring the tomatoes to a boil over medium heat.  This step requires your atttention!  It is important to continue to stir the tomatoes as they come to a boil so they do not stick to the bottom of the pot. 

Before beginning Step 2 place your seals in a pot with boiling water.  This will assist in the sealing process.  Allow seals to boil approximately 1-2 minutes.  This should be completed just before jarring the tomatoes so that your seals are still hot when you place them on top of the jar. 

Step 2:

Once the tomatoes have come to a boil and boiled for 3-5 minutes, remove from the heat and skim the "foam" off the top of the tomatoes.  Your tomatoes should be soft and broken down in pieces.  Working quickly, use a measuring cup to pour the cooked tomatoes into your prepared jars.  After you have filled your jars add 1 tsp of sugar and 1 tsp of salt to each jar and stir. 

After the tomatoes are in jars and sealed with a lid and band turn them upside down on a dish cloth.  This will aid in the sealing process.  Allow them to sit upside down for 30 minutes-1 hour.  Upon sitting them right side up you will hear a gentle "pop."  This indicates the jar has sealed.  Label, store and enjoy! 

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Celebrate Earth Day! Think Outside the Pot...

Celebrate Earth Day! Think Outside the Pot...

The weather is getting warmer and most of us have already begun planting our spring flowers.  But if you are like me when you have finished planting you have accumulated quite a stack of black plastic containers. This year, in celebration of Earth Day, instead of tossing those containers in the trash why not do something creative with them?  Clean up the outside of the container and add a simple jute twine bow or wrap your container in burlap and secure with a simple bow!  Give your container a fresh coat of spray paint...the color choices are endless!  And if you are really looking to get creative how fun would it be to add rope to the outside of the container?  This project would be great if you have a large container. When finished adding the rope turn it up side down and you have a unique and stylish outdoor table. 

So to celebrate Earth Day this year start thinking outside the "pot."  Send your projects to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and your container creation may be featured on our Facebook page!  Happy Planting! 

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Shape Up Your Shrubs: Guide to Winter Pruning

Shape Up Your Shrubs: Guide to Winter Pruning

With temperatures as low as we have experienced lately it's hard to think about going outside to do anything, much less garden!  However, now is the perfect time to shape up your shrubs!  Most plants are dormant during the winter so it's the perfect time to prune deciduous plants.  Doing so will promote fast regrowth in the spring.  First, prune out dead and diseased branches.  Then remove the overgrown and smaller branches to increase light and air throughout the plant.  Finally, cut branches at the node, the point at which one branch or twig attaches to another. 

Not only is it a great time to prune shrubs, it is also time to trim back ornamental grasses.  Trim them back to ground leve.  This will promote healthy new growth.  Ornamental grasses can be trimmed back anytime between now and new growth emerges.  It is also important to note there are a few shrubs that should be pruned only during specific times of the year.  For example, it is best to prune azaleas after they are finished flowering. 

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"Cutting for a Cure"

"Cutting for a Cure"

Wow!  It's been a while since I last posted!!  We have had a busy summer despite all the rain!  However, as fall approaches our focus turns again to our fundraiser!  Many of you know we have a "pink" mower!  This mower will once again be out "Cutting For A Cure" to help raise funds for breast cancer research.  We are in the final stages of organizing the fundraiser so please check back soon for more information on how you can donate and help breast cancer research!   

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Planting for the Future

Planting for the Future

Recently, we were contacted by Mecklenburg Electric Cooperative to help take part in an Arbor Day project to plant a tree at various schools throughout MEC's service area.  Today was the day at Clarksville Elementary School.  We, along with several members from Mecklenburg Electric had the privilege of speaking with an attentive and inquisitive group of third graders.  After a great presentation given by Mr. Ray DeJarnette, Arborist with MEC, on the importance of trees and how they affect our everyday lives we made our way outside in the misty rain to plant the tree.  Seth did a great job explaining to the kids how to properly plant a tree and what it needs to thrive and grow.  They didn't seem to mind at all having to stand in the rain.  So now this tree belongs to the Class of 2023 and as they continue to grow and mature, so will this tree.  Over the next few weeks we will be making our way to several other schools planting trees and educating our youth on the importance of trees and how to properly care for them.  Thank you again to Mecklenburg Electric Cooperative for including us in this great project!  Below are some photos from today's event. 

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"Hanging of the Sign"

"Hanging of the Sign"

After many months of planning and obtaining all appropriate permits...our sign is finally up! What an exciting day! Since starting Green Acres in 2009 each phase has been rewarding and challenging in its own way.This is definitely a very exciting step for us!

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