Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Busy Time of the Year

The gardens are now being harvested, we have been blessed with a few rain showers lately, we are canning, drying and freezing the harvest, and we are enjoying the fruits of our labor so to speak....

We have 7 different varieties of tomatoes in the garden and they are now starting to we are busy. And if you havent had a fresh tomato from your garden you are missing out.

Our first harvest of onions was very successful. We are now curing them for long term storage in the root cellar.

Part of the beet harvest, we have canned pickled beets (which we all love) and we have had BBQ beets on the grill. The beet juice we add to our pickled eggs (eggs we get from our neighbors chickens) and man are they good.

And this is farmer Holly in her reading glasses, my best friend and truly the most loving person I have ever met. I am a lucky man and I am smart enough to know it. 

I was chastized about the previous post about our flowers for failing to include the Gladiolas so here are some of them.

We have this herb garden and use these herbs daily in our cooking. The one herb leaning over towards the back left is cilantro that we let go to seed so we can collect and preserve the seed, also known as corriander.

Castor beans and peppers

One of our tomato and tomatillo patches

The bush beans are producing a ton of beans

And we are getting some big cabbage heads...I'm thinking cole slaw by the pound here!

Cabbage, broccoli, brussels sprouts, collard greens....we wont starve.

Just one of our corn patches...we are already way more than knee high by the 4th of July.

Our banana trees have come back strong and are really getting tall.

Unfortunately, some birds built a nest in one of our grape arbors...

And they are slowly eating these grapes but we have enough for all and we just cant bring ourselves to oust the nest.

So far we are harvesting onions, potatoes, tomatoes, bush beans, banana peppers, 6 varieties of sweet peppers, sweet peas, snow peas, beets, lettuce, onions, cucumbers, squash, collard greens, raddishes and tomatillos. Soon to come will be black berries, swiss chard, cabbage, black eyed peas, corn, bell peppers, carrots, mellons, ...and probably a bunch of stuff I am forgetting.

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