Wednesday, August 9, 2017

It's Finished for 2017

The garden is DONE!
I'm still getting Okra, but all other crops are finished.
Beds are cleaned out, black plastic put down on the beds to kill grass and weeds and seeds left in the dirt. 
When it's time to till the ground for over-wintering in October,  I'll take all that up and turn the ground over then.
But it has been a very good year around here.  The freezer is full and the pantry shelves are stocked as we look forward to Fall and Winter.  Always nice to be eating a fresh squash casserole, or a big bowl of peas, "fresh from the garden" in January!  

Monday, July 10, 2017

More, and More, and More....

I hate to post...AGAIN...about the garden, but that's my life right now!
Things are going great!  Best garden I've had in years.
In reality, I AM getting tired of picking.
And the Mrs. is getting tired of cutting it up and canning or freezing, even though I try to help with that part too.
But our aim each year is to eat out of the garden all summer, AND when times are good, through the winter as well.
Thank God for such abundance this year.
(Picked this 2-gallon bucket of tomatoes this morning.)

Monday, July 3, 2017

Garden Update, Mid-Season

Hard to believe our gardening season is half over!
But I'm hanging in there, and working hard. 
Here's where my garden stands today:
Tomatoes.... seven feet tall;  picking ever other day, and picked over 50 tomatoes the other day!
Squash.... 1st planting beginning to die off;  2nd planting had its first picking this week, so they are off and running.  We've already put 6 casseroles in the freezer!
Cucumbers.... 25 pints of pickles in the pantry;  I've pulled up some of the plants to reduce the amount we're picking.  Other plants are slowing down too, so they are about finished.
Peas.... picked my first peas this week.  After shelling, had a good 1 1/2 pints in the freezer.  More picking coming this week.
Blueberries....  Totally over-running with berries!  We have around 25 - 30 QUARTS in the freezer already.  Thinking seriously about removing my cage I worked so hard on, and let the birds help me out!  And yes, we have been giving them away to friends and family that want to come help us pick.  
WHAT A GREAT SEASON SO FAR.  I hope the second half does this well.  Got more of the same crops coming, plus OKRA that is getting ready to bloom.  And a couple of other things I'm going to plant in the vacated beds... perhaps next week.


Monday, June 19, 2017

Picking Time!

Well, picking season has arrived!
Loaded up with squash... already putting casseroles in the freezer.
Loaded up with cucumbers... already made a batch of pickles.
Good picking of snap beans... got 5 quarts in the pantry.
OVERLOADED with Blueberries... picking every 2 days.
And with the rains we've had regularly, I suspect things will continue along nicely.  My "second plantings" are already up too, and about to begin blooming... peas, beans, and squash.

Monday, June 5, 2017

Caged In

No blueberries for TWO years, thanks to the birds!
Well, when I saw my old plants, standing 7 feet tall and 7 feet wide,
and bending over from the weight of berries,
I decided to do something about it.
Made me a "hoop house" that really is a cage!
No birds in there now!  Just lots of berries waiting to turn blue!
It ain't pretty, but it's functional.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Back To The Garden

I'm in and out of the garden nowadays.
Squash is finally coming along nicely!
Now if my peas and beans would wake up,
things would be perfect!

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Barn/Workshop Update

It's been a little while since any mention of my barn update.
Still slowly...very slowly working on it.
Finally finished the front, and "turned the corner."
This section required a "window"
So I just used an old DOOR I had lying around.
It was free.  And it worked.