Keeping the garden tidy requires a few deft moves with the right tools, and, time and again over the seasons, shrub rakes are... Read more »
Entire books have been written on the science of making compost, but it isn’t as hard as people think. In five easy steps, you... Read more »
Weeding, pruning, and raking all make a huge difference in the appearance of a garden, but, to finish the job, you have to rou... Read more »
The Fiskars® aluminum shrub rake features a slim head with uniquely tapered tines that are perfect for reaching into tight spac... Read more »
Our Eco Bin Composter features an easy-to-assemble, easy-to-use design that can simplify and speed the composting process. It i... Read more »
Our HardShell® Kangaroo® Gardening Container is perfect for all your outdoor cleanup needs — whether you’re gathering yard and... Read more »
Are school fundraiser ideas keeping you up at night? A unique handmade art piece that represents your school is sure to be a p... Read more »
Creating beautiful and personal touches does not have to be difficult, especially when you have great designs to work with! Read more »
Recycle and give a new life to some of your old T-shirts Read more »
Teresa Collins is a top craft celebrity who has been featured numerous times on My Craft Channel, HSN, QVC and DIY network, wel... Read more »
Our unique Tag Maker with Built-in Eyelet Setter features an innovative design that makes it easy to create tags perfect for gi... Read more »
By creating a few simple tags, you won’t be caught at the fabric store not knowing what fabrics or yardage you have in your st... Read more »
A brocade drawstring pouch can be a beautiful and luxurious accessory or gift. Read more »
Transform a simple hoodie into a super simple unicorn costume and take the stress and pressure out of making a complicated Hal... Read more »
Perfect for a wide range of sewing and quilting tasks, our Amplify® RazorEdge™ Serrated Fabric Shears sense blade separation an... Read more »
Perfect for a wide range of sewing and quilting tasks, our Amplify® RazorEdge™ Fabric Shears sense blade separation and force t... Read more »
Perfect for a wide range of crafting and mixed media tasks, our Amplify® Mixed Media Shears sense blade separation and force th... Read more »
Try some new punches out and make some cards to celebrate World Card Making Day! Read more »
A personalized Duck Tape® crown is quick and easy to make with your Fiskars® Duck® Edition Scissors. It is a fun way to cele... Read more »
Our Preschool Training Scissors features a special training lever that opens the blades after each cut, helping children learn... Read more »
Children love our Designer Non-stick Blunt-tip Kids Scissors for the colorful handle patterns that make cutting fun and the non... Read more »
Our Designer Non-stick Student Scissors are larger than our Kids Scissors but smaller than adult scissors, perfect for those ol... Read more »
Transform a basic jacket into something personal and unique. Read more »
Create a simple reusable calendar to plan all of your back to school activities. Read more »
Creating a miniature collage with your Fiskars® Duck® Edition Scissors is a great way to use up any last bits of Duck Tape® yo... Read more »
Designed for long, easy cuts down strips of Duck® Tape, our Duck® Edition Scissors feature a non-stick blade coating that preve... Read more »
Designed for all-purpose cutting through a range of craft materials that incorporate glue, tape and other sticky adhesives, our... Read more »
Designed for tight, precise cuts through a range of craft materials that incorporate glue, tape and other sticky adhesives, our... Read more »
Your waistband won’t allow you to eat fried okra every night, and I’m guessing about now, you’re tired of zucchini bread. Even your neighbors are exhausted by the zucchini onslaught. Don’t ask me why, but I know.
You might even be tempted to throw the remaining excess in the compost bin and hide it with debris, but perish the thought. Before letting any good food go to waste, consider the following.
Can it be pickled? Cucumbers aren’t the only vegetables you can preserve, and unlike grandma, our methods don’t have to be long and drawn out anymore. Invest in a good, recipe book devoted to putting up small batches of the harvest. Within, you’ll find delicious pickling recipes for not only cucumbers, but onions, watermelon rinds--they are delicious, I promise--okra, tomatoes, green beans and so much more.
Can the produce be canned or frozen? Over the years, I’ve done a lot of canning, and it’s just a personal preference, but I like freezing best. For example, I make the tomato sauce below, which I love taking out of the freezer in the dead of winter. When I spoon it over pasta, it instantly evokes summer for me.
Summer in the Garden Tomato Sauce
Adapted from Too Many Tomatoes, Squash, Beans and Other Good Things, by Lois M. Landau and Laura G. Myers
Sauté onions, garlic and red pepper in olive oil. Add remaining ingredients and simmer for one hour. Remove bay leaf. Let sauce cool and place it in serving-size, freezer bags. Remove as much air from bags as possible before closing. Freeze flat and then stack bags vertically to save space.
Don’t forget to write the name and date of your sauce on the outside of the bag. Mid-winter, you won’t remember the strange, red contents within.
Can I make jams, fruit butters or pie filling from fall fruits like pears, persimmons, apples or quince? How about herb vinegars? All of these homemade items make wonderful gifts and are usually inexpensive to make.
Finally, would your local homeless shelters, soup kitchens, or other agencies designed to assist the poor want any of your surplus? Maybe you didn’t plan to Plant a Row for the Hungry_, but you can still share. Call local food banks and shelters in your area and see if they can use home-grown vegetables and fruit. In my state, the Urban Harvest program for the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma encourages gardeners to become involved in many ways including sharing extra food. You can also volunteer at Urban Harvest on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:00 a.m. to Noon.
Just knowing you’re helping someone else who may not normally get much fresh produce in his/her diet has got to make you feel good. Being rewarded with such a generous harvest means plenty to share.