Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Work in Progress Wednesday - Pickles and Jam

I've been busily making things out of the last of some of the summer crops, creating strawberry and peach jams as well as pickles. My cucumbers have succumbed to some sort of worm that burrows into them and pushes out the insides in a spectacularly gross and smelly fashion. So, these pickles are the last of my crop. These are my first ever attempts at canning, so I'm hoping they all turn out tasty and hold up well!

I'm thinking there may be enough time left in the growing season down here that I could possibly start another batch of cucumbers and squash. I fully intend to plant spinach and lettuce for a fall crop, so if I could get one more hurrah from some other veggies too that would be awesome. Any thoughts from anyone in this area? I'm in agricultural zone 7a.

What are you working on this week?

P.S. For those who aren't over on the Whimsical Cottage Facebook page and didn't see the announcement, I've ended my summer vacation and re-opened the Etsy Shop. Stop by and take a peek, I'll be adding new things as I work on them.


  1. Your canned veggies and whatnot look yummy! :)

  2. Jelly of veggies? If so, that is interesting! Good luck with those cucumbers!

  3. I am impressed that you are canning. I have never tried it. I know you and Joe will really enjoy your jams and pickles, how fantastic.

  4. YUM! I can almost taste all those goodies just by looking at the photos! Great shots BTW. :0)

    I also have a question... I have been having some interesting experiences with Bees lately. Robin Larkspur suggested I contact you - that you may be able to shed some light on the subject....
    Thank you for any insight you can provide. :0)

  5. Oh yum. I love me some pickles and those look great. The pics of the jellies and jams are gorgeous. :)

  6. That looks very delicious !! I hope you will be able to harvest again.
    Have amagical day.

  7. sigh**** o how I long to learn how to can jams!! I really must get my act together and learn!

  8. Yummy! I'm so envious of you and your vegetable garden :) Sorry to hear about your cucumbers, pesky worms, but at least it's all chemical free! Hope you are well my friend, looking forward to having a catch up with your blog now.

  9. One of the best parts of the growing season is the harvesting and preserving! Everything looks fabulous!

  10. Beautiful Miss Danni, I can see you work well with your hands and within the natural realm of things! I am glad I have found you! Feel free to stop by my blog! I would love to have you there!


  11. I'm making bread & heading to your place for jam & tea! =D
    That jam is soooooooo good looking! I haven't been doing anything this past 7 days but reading... and it's been awesome. I've devoured three books and am working on another. I plan on making more jam in the coming weeks too.
    Your poor cucumbers! @_@ icky, icky wormies... blech...
    Hope you get a good Fall harvest!



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