Cabbage Beet Relish ~ Great Garden Recipe

Don’t know about you all, but I’ve some cabbage and beets in the garden that are ready to be used!

Yesterday I linked to Edna Mae's Escalloped Cabbage recipe from Pioneer Woman’s website…am definitely going to give it a whirl.

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Today I’m going to share a Cabbage Beet Relish recipe. It makes about 3 quarts. You can put it through a hot water bath or stick it into the frig since it’s summer and it probably won’t last that long to begin with!

Beet Relish

8 cups (2 quarts) beets, cooked and finely chopped
4 cups cabbage, chopped fine
2-1/2 cup sugar
4 cups cider vinegar (I like mixing the vinegars up some, cider/white/wine garlic)
1 Tbsp salt
1 cup horseradish (grated), or prepared from a 4 oz bottle
1/2 or 1 tsp cayenne pepper flakes (optional)

Variation: 4-5 cups beets, 1 cup onion, 1 cup sweet red peppers, 4 cups cabbage

Cook and peel beets. Finely chop beets and cabbage. Mix all ingredients together in a glass or stainless steel bowl.

Pack mixture into sterile quart jars leaving 1/4 inch head space and seal (follow regular canning procedures). You can now either put it into a hot water bath for 15-20 minutes or stick into refrigerator. Eat the frig beets within a couple of weeks of making them.

It’s Just CRAZY Around Here…

End of the Fiscal Year is 30 June 2009. I’ve lots of new contracts/pafs to generate for everyone and in an hour will have to walk on down to the “Joe” for a Classified Furlough Session. I’m the leave keeper too, so everyone is asking me questions. Have to figure out the answers. It’s sorta hard when most of our department’s classified people are paid from research grants…no state money. Why do they have to take a paycut when they are not costing the state any money. That leaves me, one of the only people paid from state monies…I must be a HUGE DRAIN on the system. I get the paycut. WooHoo! Go Team! (UPDATE: After going to the session yesterday afternoon, I discovered that all Classified will be taking furloughs, no matter what their funding is)

SO! It’s gonna be a picture day. 🙂

I’m growing 3 Tomatillo plants this year…isn’t this a great blossom?! I’ve never seen one before!

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SOON TO BE PICKLE!
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Lemon Queen sunflowers against the fence, 2 Horseradish up front, 2 pickling cucs on the left…the rest are blueberries, elderberries, and herbs.
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HOLLYHOCKS!!!!!! OH! I CAN NOT WAIT to see them!
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This is Gabe…my newest gargoyle. He giggles a lot hence the hands over the mouth and crossed legs (don’t want to piddle, you know!).
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Poppy pod ~ pretty, no?
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Birds, Garden, Berries, and Quilts ~ Tuesday’s Nevada Rambles

I’m going to ramble all over the place…sort of how my brain has been working lately (budgets and budget revisions will do that to a person).

First off ~ my sister called me over the weekend saying she’s had a visiting Oriole in her backyard, feeding from the hummingbird feeder. Looks like a Bullock’s Oriole to me. I just don’t get it…she took some great pictures last May out in Washoe Valley when we took Mark Vollmer’s photography class. All I get in my yard are sparrows, scrub jays (which I love to death) finches, downy woodpecker, flickers, quail, dove, robins, junkos, and the occasional falcon and hawk…and those bloody pigeons. She gets the Oriole. Big sigh.

Here are a couple of her pictures…she lives at the very north end of Sun Valley, backing to BLM land.

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Lookie at this quit top I got for $10 at a local auction! It still needs some work to finish it off, but I’ve got fabric to do that. It’s a Wedding Ring quilt ~ done in the 1930’s-1940’s fabric. All hand-pieced. I absolutely love it. The colors and fabrics match a quilt top that my mom has of her Grandmothers.

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My Elderberry plant has berries setting! I just planted it earlier this spring and it looks like it’ll flower and have berries. Once I get the lawn up in that area I’ll be planting more elderberries and some more blueberry bushes.

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Horseradish ~ after not seeing it for a while I became worried I planted it wrong. Sure enough…I had it upside down. (Insert Homer Simpson sound effect here) Plant root cuttings with the narrow end downward and the cut end 2 to 3 inches below soil level…I had it going horizontal. It’s growing upwards now! 🙂

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This picture of 3 Lemon Queen Sunflowers is outdated now…they’ve had a growth spurt. Last night while watering I noticed that they are now 6″ tall. Can’t wait to start logging my data about the bees with the Great Sunflower Project.

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My backyard garden ~ picture taken over the weekend.

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Front and center raised bed has the following: 2 different types of radishes, carrots, heirloom beets, cabbage, brussels sprouts and two sunflowers that birds planted and a lettuce of some sort that must have been leftover from last year.

Bed in the back has garlic, red & yellow onions on the left, and broccoli & heirloom beets on the right. Soon I’ll have peppers and beans in the middle. The far left, against the back fence has Mexican grey squash. By the weekend (after Saturday’s Master Gardener plant sale) I’ll have heirloom tomatoes and tomatillos in the small raised bed (1×1) and in the other containers. Up front near the berry bushes I’ll have corn, pumpkins, and cucumbers.

Heh…I forgot the picture of what I found on my Weeping Cherry tree…berries! And the Green Mountain Maple is leafing out…

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We Killed Another Juniper! OORAH!

If you’ve read my blog long enough, you’d know that I despise Junipers in any type of landscaping. And when we bought our house, which was built in 1915, the yard was full of the bloody shrubs…some of them the size of a single car garage. We dug and pulled and dug and cried and dug and chopped and sawed and dug most of them out of the yard.

One was left in my way….and on Saturday we sawed and dug the wee one out.

The wee Juniper had to die because I wanted to plant pretty plants that bees like. I love to garden…bees help my garden…therefore I love bees. And I’m going to make my yard a very happy place for bees.

While at Lowes, I wandered to the outdoor plant section while my husband went to the back to pick up something he needed to fix our side gate. I stood in front of the Mediterranean Heather plants for 5 minutes mesmerized by all the bees. Happy bees. Very very happy bees. I want those happy bees in my yard, so I picked out two plants, one in pink and one in white and took them home with me.

After taking out the small juniper, with a big trunk, I planted the heather. This type of Heather blooms in the winter and spring (great for rock gardens) ~ takes full sun, fast growing, hardy to -20F. It’s near my Russian Sage…so when the Heather stops flowering, the Russian Sage will pick up where it left off.

I planted four horseradish plants in the strip between the two sets of bricks (believe it or not, but that is the space I grew two rows of sweet corn last year!)…see picture below.

Also, if you take a look at the upper right corner ~ I’m debating on either planting 3 Blueberry plants and some Elderberries OR that will be the spot I plant the Three Sisters (corn, beans and squash).

I’ve narrowed down the Blueberry plants to either TORO or the BLUECROP.