Monday, August 30, 2010

Garden Update!

The strawberries, rhubarb, corn, tomatoes, carrots, onions, and green beans (what little there was) have all been harvested. I have plans for the corn stalks...I will show you that some other day. I don't know maybe it's just me being weird, but I feel like my garden wasn't really worth a whole lot this year. My corn yielded horrible for how much I planted. My green beans, lettuce, zucchini and cucumbers were okay but not worth the time and space they took up. I know the problem with my zucchini is that is just got crowded out where I had it and did not get enough sun....which equaled failure! I guess I am just having a little pity party for myself. I put so much effort and time into the garden and I was not pleased with my results with several of my veggies.The great thing about gardening is that it is all about trial and error. I will just continue to improve the soil and try different varieties next year.
The great news is that my pumpkins really did well...I think we counted 20 or so of them last week. They will great to decorate with for several weeks, then I plan to make them into pumpkin puree. Last year I did this with the pumpkins we bought and I was more than happy at the yummy things I baked up in the kitchen.
I was also super pleased with the cutting garden I planted this year. Non-stop bouquets of flowers were cut and brought into the house. My zinnias are starting to taper off now and I have been collecting the ones I would like to save for seeds for next year. (If anyone would like any zinnia seeds from me just let me know! I would be happy to share.)
My sunflowers never disappoint me either. They always put on a grand show of color against the beautiful blue sky! Overall I feel very blessed with what we were able to get from the garden this year. In 2009 we had such a over abundance of so many things, I think the two years will equal out to just enough to get through until harvest next year. If not, then it won't be the end of the world, but we are very spoiled at eating "from the garden" food....I like it that way!

I do plan to go pick up some more blueberries this week! I hope to get at least 2 more bushels of apples over the next couple weeks to make some more applesauce and apple pie filling. Our schedule is looking pretty busy so I will just have to try to work it all out....Lord willing!

How is your garden harvesting shaping up? What will you change next year? Is there a certain variety of veggie you LOVE to use each year?


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