Can’t stand waste

Last summer wasn’t the greatest year for our garden.  It was wet and cold for so long and getting the planting done took a lot of patience waiting for the ground to dry enough to plant anything.  We’re going through pretty much the same scenario this spring.  Even though it was a tough spring for the garden we had three nice rows of potatoes and we were able to store about eight bushel in the cellar and they’ve kept really well.  We ate a lot of them and shared a lot with family and friends.  As of today we still have about four bushel left in storage and with the warm weather coming in early they’re starting to sprout.  We go through this every year but usually just a bushel left in storage and we use some of them for seed.  This year is a little different.  We haven’t planted yet due to the rain and the garden is too wet to do much in the way of planting.  This afternoon hubby brought a five gallon bucket to the front porch and we sat together peeling and dicing.  They’re beautiful and we’ve just took one canner off the stove and have seven more quarts on the table ready to go in the pressure canner.  They’ll be wonderful in a pinch (when I forget to thaw anything for supper or we’re out all day on the farm) and we ‘ll have fourteen quarts from that five gallon bucket.  They’ll be wonderful baked with some butter and oregano sprinkle on top, made into a big pot of potato cream soup, heated in butter and covered with cheese (cheese last thing to go on because hubby hates cheese) or fried with onions and served with cornbread and pinto beans.  We will eat good in the coming winter!!  

Author: countrygirllifeonthefarm

I am a wife, mother, and grandmother that lives on a farm in Craig County, Virginia and I am retired. I love to cook, read, quilt, craft, garden, hunt and take long walks in the woods. I have one gorgeous teen granddaughter, a wonderful little grandson and two beautiful and caring children, boy & girl. I've been married to my farmer husband for 46 years and he's the "love of my life"!! I love doing things the "old" way such as canning, making maple syrup & cider, handcrafts and baking. I've taught myself to crochet, embroider, and quilt with help from my paternal grandmother. I could read until the cows come home. We live off the products we raise and hunt for the most part. We run 75 head of cattle on our farm, 30 chickens, three rabbits and one dog. I help my husband with the cattle, feeding the livestock, hauling in firewood, fence repair, and general maintenance on the farm. I was a stay-at-home mom to my children and then went to work when they finished high school. I was a cook at a School for At-Risk Teens and part-time substitute teacher. Then I started work at our local Farm Bureau and stayed there for 17 years. I worked at Virginia Tech for almost five years and decided to take early retirement in July of 2015. NOW, I'm a full-time farmwife and loving every minute of it! I love to read fiction and the Bible. I'm currently hooked on quilting novels and Annie's Attic mysteries. I started this blog in 2011 and have met so many interesting bloggers and have kept up with my friends through my blog. I love to hunt with my bow and rifle and with a camera. We hunt to fill the freezer and cellar but would never kill anything for the fun of it. I have friends and family all over the United States. Some of my ancestry last names are Bradley, Dickson, Hylton, and Rose. I've lost both of my parents to brain cancer and miss them very much. I have one sister and four living brothers. I was raised in Paint Bank VA and moved to New Castle VA when I married. I went to school in Waiteville, WV, Gap Mills, WV and New Castle Va with a short semester of college at Virginia Western Community College in Roanoke VA.

2 thoughts on “Can’t stand waste”

    1. Antonia, I’ve never canned chestnuts. We keep them in the refrigerator at very cold temps throughout the winter and so far no worms have come out of them. In the spring we plant two chestnuts to a hill and hope for replacement trees to sprout. Our trees are getting old and the wind has damaged a lot of them so we desperately need to start new ones for the next few generations. I’m sure you could probably google it at some of the county extension sites or college gardening sites.


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