Monday, July 25, 2011

mud and mustard

I try not to go into the garden when it is muddy. I don't like to 'pack' the soil and make it hard or leave 'holes' in the soil. But when it has been raining as much as it has, and the weeds grow regardless the weather or temperature, I had to put aside my silly notions and start tackling some of those weeds.

I managed to get two rows weeded before my bladder called me back to the house. I want an outhouse!! I tossed three 5-gallon pails, packed full of weeds and grass over the fence to the chickens. Which they all relished with delight!

In this northern climate, I have a tendency to wear socks or slippers pretty much for eight months of the year- well lately it seems more often- but as rule there is four months were I don't wear any. My preferred footwear for the summer is flip flops or better yet, bare feet! And this how I garden.

My chubby little piggys!!

My beans are starting to climb their teepees! Everything is so late this year!

We finally managed to use up the mustard that Liz and Sid brought with them when they came to visit back in February.  I have been wanting to make my own for sometime. But I am of the thinking, first use up the store bought-en junk and than on to the good stuff!! 

This is the first time ever, for me to make mustard. It only minutes to prepare.

-into a small sauce pot add the following:

4 tbsp dry ground mustard
1/4 c water
3 tbsp vinegar
1/2 tsp flour
1/4 tsp salt plus 1/8 tsp salt
1/8 tsp turmeric
pinch of garlic powder and paprika

- bring to a boil and simmer for about five minutes stirring often

-remove pan from heat, let sit uncovered for about a minute than cover pot until cool

-store in a jar with a lid in the fridge
-makes about 1/4 cup of mustard.

That is it, that is all. Easy peasy!!

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  1. Yep so glad I gave you that pedicure mother!!

  2. Definitely been a year for the weeds. Luckily its also been a year for the peas, trees and hay.

  3. Only if we can get the hay baled in between all the rain showers. All the trees that we had planted have really shot up!