Wednesday, July 6, 2011

whats in the garden?

Summertime in Alaska is awesome! It's my first summer here and I'm loving it! We just bought a new house and are discovering what kind of plants and bushes we have in the garden. By our front door we have this massive rose bush. Regular roses don't really grow that well here but these rose bushes are here in abundance. The roses smell delicious and so I was waiting until the fall when the rose hips come out to make some jam. The other day I was surfing different blogs and found out that you can actually make jam from the petals!
So, whats a girl to do then? Make jam of course! I found a simple recipe online and Nathania came over to help me make it. It was super easy and turned out pretty tasty.

You can make jam/jelly out of any type of roses as long as you know that the petals and plants haven't been sprayed with anything. Because the bush I have has so many blossoms on it, picking the petals took about 2 minutes. A lot of the recipes call for wild roses, so you can venture out and pick those too if you so desire:)

 The recipe didn't make that much, but it turned out great and was pretty easy. It smells de-li-cious...and has a surprising tangy taste. Overall success!!!!

I had previously posted about my seedlings that I had started. Well, we since planted them in a raised bed and they are doing fantastic!
We have lots of lettuce, spinach, radishes and those green onions that I had started from the old roots of ones I had bought are doing great! We just cut the top part and it just keeps on growing.

Close up of the lettuce...not quite ready to harvest, but getting close!

The humungeous spinach...we keep picking, but it keeps growing...saves on the grocery bill:)

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  1. Pink rose petal jam... interesting! Does it taste like the smell of roses? I have never tried it before...

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