Since my last post my husband went away for military duty (and is back thankfully!), my baby had an illness that put him in the ER and then ended up with pneumonia, and we put up peaches, blueberries, pickles, swiss chard and celery.
BUT the garden continues to do well and give our family food on a daily basis. This is the best part of the season – when all the hard work begins to pay off! Our next weeks will be busy continuing to harvest, process and store as much produce as we can. Although we are nowhere near growing all of our fruits and vegetables, the more we do grow, the bigger the dent in our grocery budget (not to mention the health benefits of fresh, organic, heirloom veggies that haven’t been handled and shipped across the country! That’s a topic for another day though…).
Here are a few photos of our garden this year:
I planted corn, beans and squash with the Native American Three Sisters planting in mind, although I had the beans grow up a tepee instead of up the corn stalks.
Our pepper plants are huge this year! We have a northern variety green bell pepper, Anaheim (always our best producer among the peppers) and jalapeno. This is the first year we’ve gotten a good green pepper crop.
The kids chose pumpkins and sunflowers for their very own raised bed.
You can see some of the leaves on our potato plants starting to turn brown. I really hope this is because they’re about ready to harvest, and not because of blight! We’ve had an extraordinarily wet summer this year and I’ve been too afraid to dig up some potatoes to look!
At the other end of the potato bed are carrots (which I just noticed a trail that a rabbit munched through! Headed right to the store for some diatomaceous earth. We’ll give that a try!), parsnips, leeks, green onions and cucumbers.
And the tomato plants. They’re doing great so far, although we haven’t had a red tomato yet. Lots of green tomatoes. We’re trying several new varieties, along with our standby Amish Paste tomatoes. As with the potatoes, there are a few leaves turning brown. We’ve had blight destroy our harvest so many times…I really hope that isn’t the case, as I really want to have enough tomatoes to last the year. Tomatoes are one of the last canned items we purchase, because we use them so much.
Not pictured is an additional raised bed that had peas, spinach (which didn’t fare well), onions, a few beets and zucchini. I’m in the middle of harvesting the onions, and weeds took over the half that had the peas and spinach, so that one didn’t look pretty enough to take a photo of! Such is real life though….
So there you have it – our 2013 garden. If anyone knows why my tomatoes plants are browning from the bottom (and please don’t tell me blight!), please comment!!! How is your garden doing this year?