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There are some great coupon & ibotta combinations going on right now.  Here are a few things that I picked up last night at Walmart.

Use one $3.00/1 – Aleve PM 20 ct or larger from SS 9/10
And submit one $3.00/1 – Aleve PM, 40 ct or larger, via rebate app (ibotta.com)
Final Price: $2.97

Buy 1 Maybelline The Colossal Shot Mascara,  $6.94
Use one $3.00/1 – Maybelline The Colossal Big Shot Mascara from RP 10/1
Final Price: $3.94

Buy 1 Windex Original Glass Cleaner, 26 oz $2.98
Buy 1 Mainstays 5 x7 Frame $0.96, regular price
Use one $0.50/1 – Windex Product from SS 8/20
And submit one $2.50/1 – Windex Original Glass Cleaner & Mainstays 5”x 7” Linear Frame Combo, via rebate app (ibotta.com)
Final Price: $0.47 each, when you buy both

*I used the ibotta scanner on photo frames to find the one that matched.  It looks like the one if the photo above.

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COYOTES ARE EATING OUR WATERMELONS!

Crows and raccoons will poke holes in the watermelons or just scoop some of the insides out, but coyotes will eat them right down to the rinds. If they decide not to eat them on the spot, they will travel across an 80 acre pasture with them. They bite into them, pick them up, and just trot off with them.

Over the years, the only deterrent we have found that works is putting a tomato cage over the watermelons as they start to grow. The coyotes have yet to figure out how to move the cages and the melons can’t be pulled through the wire. We manage to save a few watermelons each year using this method.

Do you have issues with coyotes?  How do you keep them or other animals out of your garden?

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HOW TO CAN BLACKBERRY JELLY THE EASY WAY.

Last year, I purchased a raspberry and blackberry plant.  I also dug up several wild blackberry plants and  planted all of them in a nice neat row.  This year has yielded enough blackberries to make several pints of jelly and some juice to make blackberry lemonade and blackberry cupcakes.

I have Blackberry, Vanilla Blackberry, and Jalapeno Blackberry Jelly pictured above.

If you have access to blackberries and would like to make some jelly, check out the recipe below.

I thought all jelly recipes were the same since each state not to adjust the amount of sugar, water, pectin, etc.  I usually just use the Ball Blue Book for all canning but have recently started using the packet instructions that come inside of my sure-jell.  It gives instructions for smaller batches and works perfect for me.

TO PREPARE BLACKBERRY JUICE

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How to Grow ~ PEACHES

Peach trees are not hard to grow but it does seem like it takes forever before they produce fruit.

If you are reading this, it’s probably because you were looking for information on growing peaches.  You have probably read several articles ( I usually read at least ten) on how to successfully grow them, planting techniques, and basically how to keep them from dying.

We have apples, plums, and peach trees.  The small tree in the foreground is a red delicious apple tree that I purchased from Lowe’s last year and I have managed to keep it alive for the past year.  There are also two small peach trees and two apple trees in the photo above.  The peaches on these trees are tiny and I have no idea if they will mature into an edible fruit.

On the other hand, below is a huge peach tree was full of peaches this year.  The most amazing thing about this peach tree is that it was not a purchased tree but grown from a peach from the grocery store.

My mother can grow almost anything and when she bit into one of the best peaches she had ever eaten, she saved the seed and planted it.  Just goes to show you that it doesn’t take a lot of money to have a fruit orchard, just a lot of patience.

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4 weeks – From seeds to young plants

It’s that time of the year again.  Time to go to the farm store, pick out your seeds, and get them started indoors while you wait for winter to pass.

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