Since I've now made 4 trips to the local farm co-op store in the last two months I decided it was time for me to join the co-op.  I got a $5 off a purchase of $5 or more.  And they happened to have the home canning supplies I need on sale right now.  Like $1.50 for the funnel, wand, etc.  I got all the parts that come in the kits I see for less than the cost of a kit.  Yay!  PLUS, the big find was the Ball Blue Book Guide to Preserving.  $8!  It was $15 something online.  

I even managed to get a couple packages of instant pectin for freezer jam.  I'm sitting here, reading my book, squeeing inside with delight.  Now I just need to get something that will fit in my big stock pot (Thank you Emeril Stainless Steel Cookware from saving me from another big purchase) to raise up the jars for the sterilizing process. Perhaps I can find a steamer basket .  That way it would serve more than one purpose.  I like stuff that can multi-task.  

Now all I need is fruit.  I also really need to remove the weeds from the containers on either side of the gazebo in the backyard.  If I could get those weeded and some better quality potting soil, I can replant something in those boxes.  Noe sure what though.  Ryan really wants me to plant some blueberries, but I don't think those are quite right for those small boxes.  

I'll have to take a look through the container gardening book I got from my MIL and see if there is something that is calling out to me.  When in doubt, I can always plant some flowers.  Hmmm, I bet some lavender would grow nicely on either side of the gazebo.  :p
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