Thursday, October 9, 2008

Harvest Time!


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Our first garden was a WONDERFUL success this summer. For the first time our cabinets are full of food we grew on our own. The corn was unbelievable. And that was even after part of it blew down in a rain storm. Click below to read more and see more pictures!

I picked green beans until we had canned over 70 cans. We could have got another picking too but decided enough was enough. Unfortunately we couldn't find anyone else who wanted them either.

Oh, the watermelon was such a treat. This doesn't grow very well in our area but we had GREAT luck!

My 10 yr old ask "so how big will a cucumber get if we don't pick it"? So the garden was even a science project at times.

My husband did most of the work and it was a hoot to work in the garden with the kids.

We also grew peppers, onions, and potato's. We did have a battle with potato bugs! (Where do those things come from?) This has really helped with the grocery bill to and I feel good knowing we have what we need no matter what happens with the economy. We are prepared for the "storm".

22 comments:

Vixen said...

How wonderful that your garden was such a success. I can't wait (we are finally getting our own house again after renting for 10 years) to grow a garden next year!

Des Walsh said...

can't beat fresh from the garden - thanks for the mouth-watering pictures: and how good that your son knows that vegetables don't actually grow in a can!

Allison said...

I wish I could grow a garden like that... I just need a backyard. Your garden and all the veggies look beautiful!! So organic!

mrsbear said...

That is awesome. What a beautiful garden! I don't think I could manage it. Great photos.

Sara Chapman said...

We ate cherry tomatoes (so sweet!) and some apples from our Seattle garden. There's nothing like growing your own, is there? Nice, exuberant photo. Wish it was warm enough here for happy marigolds.

napaboaniya said...

The watermelon looks huge and perfect to quench thirst on a humid day!
Must have felt great seeing self planted greens in perfect harvest :)

Daddy Forever said...

Very impressive garden. We hope to have a little vegetable garden next year.

Pardon My French said...

*raising hand and waving it wildly about* Me, me! I want those green beans! Too bad I live across the Atlantic from you; I'd be on your doorstep with a big brown paper bag in a heartbeat. Makes me think of that time the Bent Mountain Fire Dept had "Lock your doors, it's zucchini season" on their little sign. Remember that?

What a gorgeous garden! Big, giant hand claps to you all for some work well done. That is an inspiration to me. Did you can them at the canning place or do it at home? I bet your mom or someone has one of those machines...my mom used to but I think she got rid of it. I'm going to be calling you and asking your advice re: my own little patch of dirt!

KathyUSA said...

In reply: I canned them right on the stove top using a pressure cooker. David bought the cooker on-line and glass jars at walmart (and yes my mom has 2 cookers at her house). Canning was much easier that I thought! Believe it or not papa bear did most all of the work! We are going to can deer meat the same way this fall. It's like a new toy!

MaryAnn Ashley said...

How encouraging to be so self sustaining! I was contemplaing a winter garden... and now I'm in. Great shot too!

Harry Makertia said...

Wow, you have a great and beautiful garden. Love to see how you manage it.

Ida said...

Very nice shot.
I like it!
Lovely! :)

Migs CFL fan said...

Great perspective. Thanks for sharing!

Cheers

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Anne-Berit said...

Wonderful Sky Watch-post!

SandyCarlson said...

The corn tassles make an interesting pattern against the sky.

Arija said...

Wonderful vegetables. I feel the same way about providing for the family. I lived through a famine in a strange country with no support after WW2 and watched my mother shrink to a fair likeness of a skeleton while she fed what she could get to her starving children. I made sure when it became possiple that that sort of thing not happen to us again. We now have a farm where , in dire staits we could support our large extended family no matter what the global economists get up to.
I find it hrd to waste God's bounty too and just about kill myself to preserve it all in some way or give it away. Sorry about your beans, it hurts when there are no takers and they go to waste.

Arija said...

Beauutiful skywatch photo. Had lovely corn last season, this year there will be no vegetables as we have no water. Our 5th year of drought and our dams are dry. Ther's enough rainwater for house use but not for the garden. Lost a lot of fruit tres last year too. Hope something survives, we already have 30C temps. and it's only spring!

SandyCarlson said...

I love corn--in the garden, on the door, in the pot. All good!

napaboaniya said...

Looks like it's gonna be a real good harvest for you :)
The closest thing I can ever get to harvest in my home is....d.u.s.t *LOL*

2sweetnsaxy said...

Nice shot of the sky through the corn. One of these days I'm going to try growing my own.

PixieKatten said...

Nice shot. Love the angle! :)

Pardon My French said...

We'll have to talk more about the canning! I use the pressure cooker a lot -- we should swap recipes.