Monday, August 20, 2012

Harvesting the Garden

Growing up on a farm, we always had a huge garden. And when I say huge, I mean huge. It was probably bigger than my house is now. Anyways, having a big garden was a ton of work and my mom worked hard harvesting it. While I did help to some degree, I also now realize I got out of a lot of the work as I got older. Maybe it was being the youngest and being spoiled, maybe I was really good at hiding, I don't know. Whatever it was, I never fully realized how much work it was to harvest a garden. Until now that is. Our garden is in full production mode and we are busy reaping the benefits. Gardens are relatively easy to maintain over the summer while everything grows but then all of a sudden, everything is ready and you can't just sit back and do nothing. While I know that my garden really isn't that big and it could be a ton more work, for now it's enough for me. It's hard to work full time, get home at 5:00pm, make supper and clean up from that, and then go straight into picking or freezing or canning. But I'm attempting it.

Here are the most recent pictures of my garden. They are already almost 2 weeks old though and it has changed drastically since then as well. I guess I need to keep more on top of this picture taking and blogging thing. Oh well. This is what you've got for today.

Our garden

See the little broccoli peaking out?

Our basil did really well

Our crazy tomato plants with their "stakes" holding them up

Our cute little green pepper

Our one cucumber plant that grew

Beans, carrots, lettuce and onions

See the crazy amount of tomatoes hidden in there?

Our first ripe one!
You may notice that there are a lot of picture of our tomato plants. It's because our tomatoes are producing like crazy! Don't worry, there will be more pictures of tomatoes before the post is done!

Our barrell potatoes

Our sad little onion crop

Dan and Mia playing

Our happy chickens
Farm fresh eggs

Now that I've updated you on the outside life, now lets move inside...

My first picking of tomatoes!
 We then ended up picking a lot of greener tomatoes since we discovered that a lot of them were getting blight or what I call it, the black spot of death. By picking them before they were too ripe, we are now avoiding the black spot and they can ripen indoors.
And then we were overwhelmed with them...

Our workstation for making pesto

Yum yum yum! Basil freshly picked from our garden

I used almonds instead of pine nuts since they are way cheaper and I had them on hand

Tada! I froze 3 1/2 ziploc baggies of pesto for the winter season

I also froze some tomatoes that had the black spot of death on them

My work station for canning tomatoes

Jars warming up in the oven

6 jars! Sadly, only 2 sealed.
Since only 2 of my 6 jars sealed, I threw the remaining 4 of them in the fridge to be redone at a later date. My next post will cover that as well as our fun relish making adventure!

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