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Rose Hips Harvest

I noticed that the Rose Hips along our driveway were already red and many have already dried up and died. So I took a quick walk down the driveway to harvest what remaining Rose Hips I could find. It may not look like much but I was glad to be able to pick some before they were all gone for the season.

Rose Hips Harvest

Usually I harvest the Rose Hip berries later in the Fall like September or October. But this year, it appears with all the heat and lack of moisture, they dried up and fell off their branches early.

As few months ago I wrote a Rose Hips post on how to identify Rose Hips growing in the wild along with pictures to help in recognizing the plants.

There are several different varieties of wild Rose Hips. You can see in the photo above that I have a few different types of berries growing in my area.

I will cut off the leather skins and remove the insides. Remember to always remove the skins from the seeds and other materials inside. The seeds and little fibers inside are an irritating, hairy-looking substance you do not want. You need to remove all of the insides and rinse the red skins thoroughly to remove this unwanted material before you can use the remaining valuable portion of Rose Hip berry.

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Tomato Container Gardening

Here is a photo of some of my tomato container gardening this year. These plants have been growing in recycled plastic buckets for the last several months. I am just now able to start harvesting red tomatoes. As you can see I have a few more red tomatoes and many green ones still growing.

Tomato Container Gardening

I have reused these same buckets for many years now. I am able to buy them at my local grocery bakery for just a dollar. They are food-grade buckets that frostings, fruit-fillings and other bakery supplies are sold in. They make excellent containers for growing tomatoes and other items if you don’t have a lot of room to put in a traditional garden.

Most of these buckets just have holes drilled into the bottom for drainage. I also have a few self-watering buckets that I made using this self-watering tomato plant container tutorial. Here is one of my self-watering containers below.
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Wild Rose Hips

This post will help identify Rose Hips growing in the wild. From everything from their tiny little rose buds, to their thorny branches, and finally their blooming flowers.

Rose Hips do have several different varieties and colors of the flowers and fruit can vary. The following photos are of the main variety of Rose Hip that grows in the wild on our Northern Idaho property.

First here is photo of a pink blooming Rose Hip and a tiny rose bud.

First always look for thorn-filled branches and you will know that this is truly a Rose Hip bush. Also take notice of the leaves and their shape.

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Thorny little buds starting to grow in this photo.

Another blooming Rose Hip photo.

And finally a Rose Hip formed and growing.

I hope you have found these Rose Hips photos useful in your search of them in the wild. They grow freely all around our property and there are many uses for this natural fruit. Rose Hips have many medicinal uses and are a good wild source for vitamin C, make an excellent tea and herbal throat reliever just to name a few things.

Just remember to always remove the skins from the seeds and other materials inside. The seeds and little fibers inside are an irritating, hairy-looking substance you do not want. You must remove all of the insides and rinse Continue Reading →

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Leftover Turkey Soup

I had some leftover turkey from last Christmas in the freezer. I cut it all up which resulted in over a cup of nice meat to add to my soup mix.

Auguson Soup MixI used about 2 cups of Auguson hearty vegetable chicken soup mix along with 7 cups of water for my soup base. I then added salt, pepper and a few splashes of Worcestershire sauce all into my Crockpot.

If you haven’t used Auguson storage foods before, let me just say they are good product at a value price. I have made this soup mix before and it is very tasty.

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Feeding the Deer Naturally

Just a fun photo to share on how we are feeding the deer on our property naturally. We recently had to cut down a tree that was hanging dangerous over the house. After limbing the tree there were all these branches on the ground with tons of witch’s hair on them.

Well it didn’t take long for all of these does to come munch on the treats. The dried material often misrepresented as moss is really Lichens. The formal name is Alectoria sarmentosa or witch’s hair and is sometimes classified as a fungus.

Anyway the deer love witch’s hair from the limbs which provides an outstanding food source for deer and other animals. I should also mention that witch’s hair is a good firestarter. Just find some dried stuff under branches if you are in the woods and in need of some tinder for a fire. It works great and is usually easy to find hanging from tree limbs.

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Cooking on the Woodstove

I love cooking on the woodstove. It is a wonderful stove top and saves on running the conventional range-top burner. I have a step-top woodstove and after some testing, I have found the heat levels for cooking on it. If I have a gentle fire going as shown in the photo, the lower level is medium to high heat temperature. This is a good location for starting a pot of soup or stew to get it boiling. Check your pot often as the heat can be very hot and you don’t want to burn your food or boil over the pot.

Once I have my pot of soup hot, I move it up on top for low heat cooking. I can leave my pot of soup simming here for hours. Do check the heat if you build up your fire as it can still get pretty hot on this top shelf of a woodstove.

I find if my soup pot gets too cold, I can always move the pot to the lower level to get the pot hot again and I do this also before serving the soup.

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