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Oct 28

Goodbye For Now, Garden

My dearest garden, you’ve been good to us this year. Our time was cut short last year with the hail storms, but by golly, all of the tender loving care we gave to you this spring/summer paid off in yummy vegetables. Now, not a lot of gardens survived the heat this summer. But, we weren’t about to lose another garden to the tough weather conditions, so we watered you three times a day if that’s what you required. Garden, you’ve taught me a lot. Not just about vegetables, but about the effort it takes to nurture something that you really love. I never thought that I would enjoy gardening until we took on this big adventure. Now I don’t know what it would be like to not have my own garden.

 

I digress. Now for the photos! In looking through my pictures this morning, I realized that we haven’t done a garden update in way too long! These photos go all the way back to August. We last told you about our very first harvest of the year here. We’ve harvested a lot more vegetables and herbs since then, made delicious recipes (like salsa and pesto), and froze/stored our surplus.

 

August:

You have no idea how exciting this sight is….unless you garden, and then you get it. The second most exciting is walking back out another day to see all of the once green tomatoes a brilliant red. Love!The crops got a little scraggly at times, but with a nice helping of water, they always perked back up.

 

October: The carrots were ready to be harvested!We had to harvest all of the vegetables on this day because we were expecting a freeze that night. We didn’t get as many red tomatoes as we’d hoped for. I did pick all of the large green tomatoes and froze them for a later recipe….I’m thinking fried green tomatoes.

Unfortunately, all of our cucumbers this season were extremely bitter tasting. The owner of the local greenhouse said that there’s an old wives tale that says if you rub both ends of the cucumber before peeling, they will no longer be bitter. It didn’t quite work that way for us…

November: The potatoes were ready to be harvested.

Eric was excited for this because last year was so surprising. We had no idea how spread out potatoes grow until last year. This harvest was quite plentiful. We approximated that we got about 5 dozen potatoes. Not too shabby!This is what the garden looked like after the first freeze. Although it’s sad to see it all wilted, we knew it was coming, thankfully.We will be eating potatoes for months…

1 comment

  1. mom

    Looks like a great harvest considering a late summer and early winter. Good for you guys!!!

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