TODAY’S FUN: Wild Wineberry Jam!
Sooooo... I’ve been canning and preserving for over 15 years (wayyyyy before it was ‘a thing...’ ) when we moved into our house, there were peaches on the tree (and coming out my a$& pretty much;) pears... and since then I’ve become known for my ghost pepper jelly, ‘crack’ jam (sweet hot 5 pepper jelly,) and Sunshine Jam... peach marmalade preserves with ghost peppers or habaneros, all with hot peppers I grow.
This year, I picked 3 1/2 lbs of wineberries (tiny wild raspberries with a deeper flavor and LOTS of seeds) on my property... lots of work picking, lots of work cleaning, LOTS of work cooking down (for a scant 2 1/2 pints!)
Love the recipe I used... but guess what? Pectin is my friend... would have easily made 3-4 more half pints.
Still learning... but trusting myself more and more with the canning thang (haven’t killed anyone... yet!!)
#MaxFact: Researchers from the new Institute for Sustainable Food at the University of Sheffield have found that crops planted in polyurethane foams at an urban farm grow two to 10 times faster than plants grown in soil. ⠀
Using a network of pipes, nutrient solutions, controlled growing environments, and foams, scientists are growing everything from salad to tomatoes — demonstrating a potential solution to the global crisis of soil fertility. ⠀
Some 24 billion tons of fertile soil are lost globally to erosion every year. So, experts developed specialist foams that chemically, physically. and biologically resemble soil. ⠀
Professor Duncan Cameron, director of the Institute for Sustainable Food at the University of Sheffield, says: “The world is facing a crisis of soil fertility. If we’re going to fix this, we need to do something radically different. Urban farms that use foam instead of soil could take a lot of pressure off existing agricultural systems.” [source: phys.org]⠀
For more MaxFacts, pick up the latest issue of Maximum Yield at your local hydro shop!
Early Sunglow sweet corn is ready to be picked, this is all I could grab before the sun set yesterday evening. Now to shuck these babies and stick them in the freezer for future corn chowder among other things. #thehappygardeninglife
These raspberry bushes have been suffering alot under the full sun. But now that its neighboring sweet basil and cucumber vine have grown so much to provide shade its finally starting to bloom. Fingers crossed I still have enough time for a small raspberry harvest