We planted new seeds in our garden beds one afternoon after a quick trip to Home Depot. We had Cooper with us, obviously, so we didn’t actually read the back of the packages to see when the best time to plant was or how it would grow. Basically, we grabbed a bunch of crap and ran to the register before Coop had the chance to cry. One thing we’ve learned about taking a baby to the store: KEEP IT MOVING!
We came home with a few things that can’t be planted yet (celery?) but used what we could. We ended up with peppers, cucumbers, radish, and green beans.
Everything was doing OK, probably because I’m not always the best about actually remembering to water the plants but HEY, babies are a lot of work and I’m tired and more coffee please blah blah blah. Believe it or not, the cucumbers completely took over. I didn’t realize it’s a vining plant (this goes back to the not reading the package thing) and planted my new seeds differently this time.
The plant didn’t seem to mind much because for a few weeks there I was swimming in cucumbers. And what do you do when life hands you too many cucumbers (besides make inappropriate jokes at every opportunity)? You make pickles, of course!
It’s pretty easy and the pickles are so much better than the ones you buy from the store. But, there isn’t enough pickles in the world to satisfy my cravings (I ate at least two jars a week when I was pregnant) so I’m sure I’ll still be buying some.
If you’re interested, here’s what I did:
Slice your cucumbers (this was enough for 2 pints jars).
Next, you’ll want to get your brine started (1 tbs canning salt, 2 cups water, 1 cup vinegar). All you need to do is bring it to a rolling boil.
Put a whole clove of garlic, dill, and red pepper flakes in each jar.
Add the sliced cucumbers and pour the boiling brine right on top. Seal immediately and let the jars cool on the counter before putting them in the refrigerator.
We waited 4 days to start eating our pickles and they were gone a few days later. If you’re not as pickle crazy as we are, they should stay good for about a month.