Today I made a bit of apricot compote.
Bought some 5 kg of fruits from the market, not so ripen.
Ronen opened the fruits, took the seeds out. I sterilized the jars (only shortly boiling them under water), stuffed them with halves of fruit, almost to the top, poured hot water over, to cover.
I made 7 big jars with NO sugar, nothing added for sweetening and 6 big jars with two pills of stevia for each.
I closed the jars then I boiled them into a pot, not covering them entirely with water. Water was only coming to the half of the jars, I covered them all with a wet towel, boiling them for about 40 minutes (two batches: 7 and 6).
Them I took them out fast and put them under thick blankets to cool down slowly.
Curious how the no-sugar fruits will stay… how the ones with stevia will taste :).
I also cut some of the ripen apricots and put them into the dryers, repeating last year experiment (tasty!).
We planted four new trees, some three weeks ago, next to the barn.
The ones in the front are peach (Cardinal variety) and apricot (Marculesti 19 variety). The ones in the back side of the barn are a cherry (Red of Bistrita variety) and an apple tree (Golden Delicious variety). I bought them from Praktiker (Tg. Mures) – they are sold in Romania by Yurta Prod SRL (Sacele, Brasov – yurta.ro). Three of them were produced in Hungary and one in Romania.
When we planted them I put some bark under one or two of them. Aside of that I just dig a whole (after some space clearing), put them in, cover, make a small ditch to hold the water and mulch with straw.
Now the apple, cherry and apricot trees are already having small leaves. In the apricot tree there are only buds (maybe the ones which already were in place when I brought them)… not sure if already established the roots… yet seems alive.
In the warm days from last weeks I water them around every 3-4 days. These days rain is offering her gift…
Also, I was gifted three fig trees (by Ovidiu, Cristina’s husband). I planted one on the right side of the pathways which goes from the house to the road, next to the green fence we tried to establish last year. The other two are still in pots – they are going to replace some of the trees that didn’t make it – we planted 6 trees last year (outside of the yard area, on the side of the pathway that goes to the future new house place).
I am so excited… every time I visit the garden (sometimes twice a day) to say hey, I have the sense of witnessing unfolding wholeness. Every time I see new buds forming, developing, small leaves bursting into life I feel joy of life and connected.
In the last two weeks I planted new berries:
- three new black currants, planted on the right side of path that goes to the summer kitchen: I took one from Praktiker and two from Mociu market; the one from Praktiker was planted earlier than the last two ones, is giving leaves (just a few for now) and I already see flowers coming! The ones from Mociu market are giving buds and leaves already – they were already coming the second day I transplanted them – amazing! 🙂
- two new raspberries, planted on the left side of the same pathway, next to the last raspberry that survived from the last year; I got them from Mociu market; no leaves yet – they are just two stick for now;
- three new strawberries: gifted to us by Ovidiu, Cristina’s husband; established all right;
- three new blackberries, also from Ovidiu – planted them on the berries row, replacing the berries that didn’t survive from the last year. These already established roots, green leaves are coming out in this moment.
I mulched all of them.
I am visiting them at least once a day – enjoying their growing.
All the other berries from last years are with buds, some with leaves and some already birthing future flowers! Some (don’t know which kind yet) are already giving new plants, spread next to them… from falling fruits from last year (or roots spreading around?… yet they seem far away from the main stems).
Strawberries that Ildi and Levente gifted us last year – some (few) of them are gone and the ones who established are spreading – giving new plants next to them – they are spreading good and coming so vigorously! Some are already in flower!
in-joying all the way! 🙂