For the past six months or so we've spent a lot of time working in our garden. When I say we, I do mean me and the boys. They have been learning II Thessalonians 3:10 well this year... "that if any would not work, neither should he eat." Besides, what boy does not like to play in the dirt. I think their favorite chore this summer was digging up earth worms and adding them to our compost pile!
I'd like to say I'm done with it for the season, but not quite. We have snow on the ground at the moment, but when it thaws I plan on putting some compost in a few places and also pulling out whatever weeds have crept in. Still, for the most part, I suppose I can say we are done. We harvested the last of our carrots not too long ago. The only things still growing out there before the snow came were my parsley, sage and mint, and there was more there than I could possible use.
Here is a glimpse at what we did this year. The majority of the pictures were taken in June; My camera was not working most of the summer. Next year I hope to have more pictures as things grow. Until then...
|It's the first week of June here... This is our new carrot bed, with strawberries planted in front. The small bush on the left is a kiwi plant. We won't see any fruit from it until next year, or maybe the year after.|
|A view from the kennel. The short plants in the front of the kennel are the start of our sunflowers|
|A wider view of the garden. In the distant right you can see our raspberry and blackberry bushes. In the back on the left you can see the start of our zucchini and butternut squash.|
|And this is where the cucumbers got planted. I've never had much luck with them until this year. Looks like I finally found their spot!|
|Bee balm, oregano, cilantro, rosemary, sage, chives and parsley... The straw in the back is the potato bed, and behind that you can see the start of our lettuce.|
|Up top is where the zucchini, butternut squash, and corn are planted. Down bottom are the cantaloupe|
|Looking at it all from another angel, and now we see one of our tomatoes. If you look carefully you can see the pole beans growing on the right side of the onion bed.|
|This is Sawyer's iris. He picked it out and planted it himself, right in front of our berry patch.|
|Here is a view of the garden looking down from the top of the boys' play set. You can see here where we have a few more tomatoes planted on the left.|
|And yet another view.|
|Now both dogs are on guard... we do have a few pesky squirrels and chipmunks and apparently Bessie does not like to share her food. This year she delivered me two dead chipmunks, a squirrel, and a bird! Way to defend our food supply!|
|This is our new back deck, not quite finished. It is the first week of July here, and it is the only shot of the almost fully grown sunflowers I have. See them growing taller than the 6-ft kennel?|
|September 25... Thanks Shirley for taking these pics... it is our first carrot! It's a bit bright, but you can see the carrot greens overflowing the bed!|
|Another pic of our first carrot. You can see one of my sunflowers dropping in the background|
|And this is some of our first carrots and potatoes, and more butternut squash, sitting on top of cucumbers. I wish I had taken a picture of those... we had lots and lots of cucumbers!|
|Coen is excited to find the broccoli. It is now October 4th. Most of the garden has already been harvested, so I wasn't really sure if I was going to get anything from these plants. But I did!|
|Time to dig up the potatoes! We ended up with just over ten-pounds|
|Tomatoes, for my tomato lover. Most of these became sauce.|
|Since this was the first year I have ever attempted to grow carrots, I was fascinated by my results. This is what our average carrot looked like. We also had several that were larger and a few smaller.|
|Grown on compost and organic soil!|
|The final carrot harvest on November 9th. It was close to 20 pounds!|
- 14 quarts of marinara sauce
- 8 cups of taco sauce
- 12 pints of pizza sauce
- Several other tomatoes that got eaten and not counted
- 10 cups of cubed beets
- 8 dozen zucchini muffins
- 16 cups grated zucchini waiting to become muffins
- 10 pounds of cubed butternut squash
- 4 cantaloupe (they did better last year)
- 6 dozen ears of corn
- 12 quarts of chicken soup veggies (carrots and onions)
- 4 heads of broccoli
- 10 pounds of potatoes
- carrots chopped and bagged for 4 carrot souffles
- 1 carrot cake
- carrots shredded and bagged for 4 more carrot cakes
- 12 more cups of shredded carrots for I'm not sure what yet
- 5 more pounds of carrots still in my fridge
- spinach, cilantro, sage, chives, onions, basil, and parsley are all also in my freezer
- Plus I have 12 cups of red cabbage in the freezer, but that was given to me.
I think that is about all of it. I have no idea how much lettuce we ate this summer, but it was a lot! Same goes for the cucumbers. We also had a good radish harvest in August. I'm not much of a radish fan though, so I never planted anymore after that. And we did have a couple meals of green beans, but I neglected those so our harvest wasn't as good as it could have been.
The boys, and Bessie, ate nearly all the strawberries, raspberries, and blackberries right from the bushes this summer. I guess it was easier than coming in for a snack. I'd only get some if I was out there at 6:00am before they up!
I guess that is it. I hope you enjoyed. If you want some chicken noodle soup, or zucchini muffins, just let me know when you'll be by for a visit!
Happy Harvest and Happy Thanksgiving my friends!