How’s YOUR Garden Coming? 1 comment

Everyone who knows me knows I’m a big fan of gardening. It’s one of the best ways to become self-reliant…I tried to build up my garden this year, and so far it’s growing well, albeit slowly. Or maybe I’m just too impatient?

This is our corn…we had only 3 plants last year that survived the summer hailstorm. This year we’ve got 12 plants growing. The plan: eat em all, freeze what we don’t eat fresh.

Some of our tomatoes are finally getting big enough to need cages. This year we planted 30 tomato plants. The plan: make salsa, spaghetti sauce, and almost raspberry jam (with the tomatoes that are still green at the end of the season)

We’re planning to do a fall crop of peas also, but in the meantime, we’ve planted double what we did last year. The plan is really just to eat these all fresh, because we’ve never had leftovers.

The strawberry patches are doing well. These we usually just eat before we can do anything with them as well.

Here are some other things we’re growing, and our plans for them:

Peppers – jalepeno and bell…hoping to use them in the salsa, although we’ve never had much luck with peppers for some reason. We’ll try them again!

Zucchini – planning to put some in with the spaghetti sauce, but also to make a TON of zucchini bread. We freeze it and my husband loves taking it to work as a snack.

Potatoes – the plan is pretty much to eat them as they come in

Raspberries – we usually eat these as they come in, but they’ve spread a lot this year and I’m hoping to be able to save some to freeze or can.

Apple trees – hoping to make some applesauce and apple syrup with what we get here.

Grapes – gonna make and can some grape juice concentrate. We got seeded grapes, although we’re positive we bought seedLESS! So we’re gonna pit them and juice them.

Blackberries – we’ll only get enough this year to eat them as they come in.

Carrots – hoping to be able to freeze or dry some this year. My carrots never grow big, so we’ll see…

Basil & Cilantro – we like to use this fresh to cook with. If we get a good crop, we’ll dry some.

What are YOU growing this year, and what are your plans for it? Please, share your ideas! As harvest time comes near, I’ll be posting different recipes using that harvest, so I hope you’re ready!

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