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My New Greenhouse Tour

A Walkthrough Tour of My Greenhouse

When we moved to our country home, I felt excited about building my dream kitchen garden. I researched ideas and designed it based on our family’s needs.

But, gardening season is relatively short in relation to the length of one-year, so I dreamt of ways to extend my gardening season. My garden is located over 400 feet away from the house, so trekking there in mid-winter, through hip-deep snow, to reach cold frames was unrealistic. Plus, opening the garden door would be next to impossible, due to all the snow.

I needed something close to the house, that would be easy to access and fulfill all my gardening needs throughout the summer and into fall, early winter, then very early spring.

I wanted something that I would be able to grow tomatoes, peppers and cucumbers in during the summer and hardy salad greens in the fall, early winter and early spring.

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Recipe for Fermented Cucamelon Pickles

Recipe for Fermented Cucamelon Pickles

I’ve been busy fermenting over the past few weeks and it’s truly amazing how many vegetables turn into a beautiful food, after fermentation.

I love the flavour of freshly harvested vegetables. They’re beautiful, aromatic, fresh, and full of flavour. But, many of these vegetables don’t store well. So we turn to food preservation, in order to enjoy the fruits of our labour, when the ground is cold and hard.

I’ve recently written about fermented pickles and discussed the health benefits of fermented foods. I truly enjoy eating them, so have been busy experimenting with the fermentation of various vegetables. I love the flavour of fermented foods and I love even more, how great they make me feel!

One of my more surprising and delicious ferments was with Cucamelons! The result was visually beautiful! It’s flavour resembled a pickle, with a hint of lemon.

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