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.