Tuesday, August 13, 2013

garden tour 2013.

This year we've really been able to stock our freezer and pantry for winter.  After a few years of keeping a garden, we know what foods we use in the winter and how we like them stored.

We planted lots of tomatoes, peppers, and onions again as we really like to use these all year long.  Unfortunately, our tomatoes did not do very well this year - some kind of fungus/bug.  Our peppers are just starting to come on and are lovely shades of yellow and red.  Now if only I can be patient enough to let them change colors before picking them!

The strawberry patch we planted two years ago when we moved in continues to do very well.  So well in fact that Dan thinned them today in order to make our patch more spread out and accessible.

Much of our garden this year includes new plants for us.  We attempted corn without any luck last year, but this year it looks like we just might get a few ears.  Our pole beans had a great year,  we built teepees out of bamboo for the beans to climb and they really seemed to like this, so much so that they grew above the teepees and back down causing them to break off at the top.

We love spaghetti squash and decided to plant them in a newer part of the garden.  Currently we have 13 squash growing and more flowers blooming!  After my obsession with brussel sprouts this spring, we had to plant some of those!  We also have some broccoli, cantaloupe, sugar baby watermelon, beets, garlic, asparagus, cucumbers, and a few potatoes.  The potatoes are in some new potato sacks that I made with landscaping cloth.

Keeping a garden is challenging, but add a newborn to the mix and it's near impossible!  Though we haven't spent nearly as much time working in it as we would like, our garden has been quite successful this year.  This is our third summer in this garden and each year we learn more and more about this challenge.  Already we've been able to put away a lot of food for winter, canning beans, salsa, and beets and putting up peppers, onions, and tomatoes in the freezer.  I love that some of Caleb's first foods will be those from our very own garden!

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