Veggie Production

David's picture

Well tickle my tuque, our garden is thriving! I was beginning to worry there for a moment. I would compare mine with other gardens in the area and it was looking pretty bleak. My garden looked scraggly, sparse and malnourished compared to the others I've seen. And I can't deny that I've neglected my precious plants in the past, so I can only blame myself.

Lately I've been able to tend to the garden on a somewhat regular basis. All the grasses and weeds have been picked out and maintained. I make sure the veggies never get too thirsty, but mother nature has been helping me out a lot with that. I noticed the wind was leaning on them a bit heavily though. The pea plants were being pulled off of their trellis, the tomato plants were lying on the dirt along with the green beans, and the corn stalks were acting like obedient subjects, continuously bowing to their master. I reset the peas on the trellis, stood up the beans and firmed up the soil around their stems, stuck in some poles to help support the tomatoes, and added a small mound of clay soil around the stalks of the corn for support. So far, everything seems to be going fine. I know eventually I'll need to add something to the tomatoes to permanently support them. Something I should have done long ago.

Nonetheless, as I said, the garden is thriving. The leaves of the kale are waiting to be picked, along with the peas and beans. We have already made a few dishes with them. Small green bulbs are appearing on the tomato plants and the leeks and onions are growing nice and tall. We have dug up one potato plant, and the tubers are nice and round, and no scabbing. Each of our corn plants are now sporting their tassels. And lastly, the chili and pepper plants. I'm not exactly sure how they are doing. They have plenty life, all green and firm, but I thought they'd be much more full and taller. They did have a hard time getting established in the garden. Heck I did lose most of them, and the others scratched and clawed to stay alive. I still have high hopes for my cheyenne chilies, but I'd be surprised to see a bell pepper grow. The radish have all been picked.

I'm happy to say that I had only one insect pest in my whole garden. The radish took a big hit with the flea beetle, but they were pretty well established before hand, so all of them survived the onslaught. Next season I don't think I'll plant any radish as their isn't much I'd like to do with them other than maybe a sandwich or eat them whole. I'd rather use the space to grow something else. Also, thus far there haven't been any wild animals in my garden. This is a good thing because I never put a fence up around it. My only real problem were the cats! I tried to explain to them that the garden is not a litter box, but they just stared at me if I were crazy. I can see how they would be confused being how the garden is made up of a bunch of boxes filled with soft soil. So I had to come up with some type of deterrent. I ended up finding some old wooden trellis. Pulled apart, the boards were like a tack strip with all the staples poking out. I laid these out and haven't had a problem since.

Well, with so many beans and peas, what do we do? I thought maybe with such a small garden we wouldn't be able to save any to preserve for later use. But now it's looking like we could maybe freeze a few bags or can a few jars. I sure would like to give canning a try. We'll see. What ever we do, I'll be sure to write about it. But as for now, we harvest what we need to cook for the day, or we just go out and eat right off the plant.

Comments

Rick's picture

Looks good! We did the freezing in freezer bags thing. You should be able to find a cheap vacuum sealer I would expect. I don't know what canning costs are like, but vacuum sealing seemed cheap and quick when we did it with green beans.

By Rick
Criddles's picture

Looks and sounds delish!!! I loved when we had our small garden with tomatoes and chilies!!!

By Criddles
David's picture

I remember the chilies, but not the tomatoes. Were they cherry tomatoes? I sure hope I get some chilies on our plants. You can't get any better than homemade salsa.

By David
Rachel's picture

Your garden looks great! Makes me jealous....and hungry! LOL :-D

By Rachel
David's picture

Thanks! I'm looking forward to my next garden. Hopefully I won't be so busy with other things so I can focus on growing a better crop.

By David

Looks great! I just picked a batch of green beans tonight and I plan on canning/pickling them tomorrow. They're awesome pickled. I've done a little bit of canning the past couple years and this year I'm hoping to get pickled green beans, applesauce, salsa and spaghetti sauce.

By Christina (not verified)
David's picture

Pickled green beans? I can't recall every trying them. Do you eat them right out of the jar like a pickle? There's a couple of nice crab apple trees that I've been eye-balling. Applesauce does sound nice, or even pie filling. I just need to see if I can tone down their tartness.

By David

Yes, you eat them like pickles. Taste a lot like pickles but it's something different to snack on. I like to make them spicy. There's a lot of crab apples around here too but I've never had them. Do you grow rhubarb? Rhubarb is very popular around here....I am not a fan though :) Good luck! I really enjoy canning.

By Christina (not verified)
David's picture

Nice! No I haven't tried rhubarb, but it's popular up here as well. And Patricia talks highly of it. I'm sure we'll be growing it next season.

By David
Rachel's picture

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