Wednesday, September 16, 2015

What's Growing Wednesday

It's been over a month since my last What's Growing Wednesday post and boy has the garden changed! This is the time of year when things start slowing down and harvest is in full swing. This is also the time of year when I question why we chose to do fertility treatments in the middle of harvest time. I am so exhausted. But more on that later this week.

Here is a photo of the garden before we dug up the potatoes.


They were ready to be dug and we chose the perfect time to do it. It hadn't rained in a while and everything was so nice and dry. The very next day, it started to rain and didn't stop for three days. So go us on timing!


We got a decent potato harvest this year, despite how piddly it looks in the above picture. Hopefully it will last us until after Christmas again.

The carrots are doing fabulous and we have been thoroughly enjoying them fresh as carrot sticks. Nothing beats a fresh from the garden carrot.


Things are looking sparse now, since the lettuce and spinach are gone. The tomatoes are winding down from the less than satisfactory output we got from them. Most of them rotted on the vines or got eaten by rogue free ranging chickens (yes, those would be ours). At least we still have quite a few jars of sauce from last year.


The beans are doing way better than I thought they would, since they had a slow start and it took me three plantings to get enough. We've been enjoying them with meals and I have been happily freezing lots for the winter months.


I'm going to try storing beets in the cold room this year and see how they turn out for winter consumption. We have a ton of beets this year, so I need to get busy making beet pickles as well. I've just been so busy this last week.

Peppers are being picked and frozen, for our winter stirfrys. So far we are getting a good amount of them. We didn't have a great onion turnout this year but we have some of them hanging on the front porch to dry out before they go to the cold room with all the other veggies. There is nothing I love more than having onions hanging on my front porch. It just reminds me of happy childhood memories.


This is my happy time of year. I feel so fortunate to have this garden that we can get so much fresh food from and that I am able to store it away for the winter. We are blessed and today I am feeling it.

8 comments:

  1. So impressed with your garden diligence, Jennie. And it's pretty awesome that you can enjoy so much fresh produce from your backyard. At least less tomatoes means less canning work for you!

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    1. I really don't put that much effort into it. The hardest part is the first weeding and then all the harvesting, but it's totally worth the work. And you're right about the tomatoes, I'm so glad I don't have that to deal with along with the rest of my crazy life!

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  2. How do you keep the critters away?! Our garden wasn't much after the rabbits, groundhogs, deer and fungi!

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    1. We had a fence around it the first year but since then we've never had any problems without it. We're pretty sure it's thanks to Mia, all the animals seem to know there is a dog around and avoid our yard.

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  3. Whenever I read a post that refers to memories of gardening as a child (like the hanging onions) it makes me wish I grew up in your house. It also makes me super grateful for the several years of growing up I did get to do in and around you and your house :)

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    1. I'm really happy that we had those years of growing up together and that I was about the share all the fun farm living experiences (piling wood, chasing cows,etc)

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  4. such a great output!! Do you pick leafy greens (kale, spinach, lettuce) throughout the season? I can't seem to keep up with my kale plants!!
    Also - the cold storage keeps potatoes fresh the whole winter? (fresh = i.e. not rotting. lol)

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    1. The spinach and lettuce die off pretty quick. I tried to do second plantings but they didn't take unfortunately. I didn't plant kale this year but plan to next year.

      As for the cold storage, it keeps the potatoes perfect throughout the winter. They don't start to go soft or grow sprouts until April when things start to heat up.

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