Category: CT Grown

Preserving Summer

No, I haven’t fallen off the planet. A busy August-September has kept me from spending much time in blogging mode. Instead, one of the things that’s filled my time is preserving summer.

Summer produce is in full bounty and I’m trying to preserve as much of it as possible.

So far in the freezer are blueberries, peaches, pesto, cubes of basil and parsley, cooked down tomatoes, and collard greens from our CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) share from Staehly Farms.

Some of the canned goods, ‘put up’ as Gram used to say, so far.


My sister sent boxes of Tattler Lids  (the white lids) to me after she tried, and likes, them. They are reusable. This is the first time I’ve tried Tattlers. So far, so good on jars of hot garlic dill pickles.

There’s still more peaches and quite a few apples … and more tomatoes … to pick and process, so garden blogging will have to wait. Hope you don’t mind.

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Native Plants from the Connecticut Conservation Districts

One way to improve the diversity of the plant offerings in your landscape is to plant natives. Native plants, shrubs and trees do a bang up job of attracting native insects which, in turn, help feed native birds and pollinators that will improve yields of edible and ornamental flora in your gardens.

Read more on native plants in In Search of Natives, an article I wrote for Connecticut Gardener.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAConnecticut gardeners have a wonderful opportunity to purchase many native plants, shrubs and trees through the various Connecticut Conservation Districts’ plant sales. Follow this link and click on the district in which you are located to find the plant sale specifics of your region.

Those of you in my district, The Connecticut River Coastal Conservation District, can download the plant sale brochure here. There are many, difficult to locate, native shrubs and trees available in the brochure. Before ordering check out the photo/info database for each plant so you know their needs and characteristics. I’m quite impressed that they have Pagoda Dogwood (Cornus alternifolia) and American Wisteria (Wisteria frutescens ‘Amethyst Falls’) among the natives offered this year.

Proceeds from the plant sale support the many conservation and water quality programs offered by the Connecticut Conservation Districts. But don’t wait … orders must be received by April 1, 2013.

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