Scenes from Saturday

Tilling the garden

Sharing the last of the swiss chard

Talking to Happy

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I don’t like digging carrots

And that’s why I’m doing it in November.  I’m lucky there’s no snow.

Nothing like having an audience.  How do they know I’m digging carrots? (they like carrots)

At least the garden hose isn’t frozen.

I manage to get everyone (me) and the dog (okay, just me) soaking wet.

It’s time consuming, back breaking, dirty, and tedious.

I don’t like digging them but I like eating them!  I guess that’s why I’m doing it.  I’d better get back at it or it won’t get done.  I see carrot salad in my near future!

What’s your favourite way to eat carrots?

This post is part of the Simple Lives Thursday blog hop, hosted by GNOWFGLINS, Sustainable Eats and Culinary Bliss

Harvesting cabbage

So you’ve harvested a few heads of cabbage from your garden before they split and you pull up the plants and dispose of them, right?  No, wait.  If you leave the plants in the garden, in a few weeks you’ll have more cabbage!


They won’t be as big, of course but just as good.  You should get 3 or 4 soft ball-sized cabbages per plant, plus more smaller ones.  You can do the same thing with broccoli.  The extra spears will have more flavour than the original head.  Maybe there’s been a frost or two and you’re thinking it’s time to put the garden to bed for the winter, now you have fresh cabbage!  A last hurrah from the vegetable garden. 🙂

Tomatoes, tomatoes

And more tomatoes…

That’s just the start of it!  Everyday I’ve been taking care of one bowl full, then going out to the garden to pick another bowlful. 😯  They are doing so well this year, it must be all that good manure I put on the garden.  Tomatoes are so versatile, though huh?  I’ve canned several quarts and a few pints, made 2 batches of ketchup and now I’ll start making tomato sauce.  I don’t season it to make spaghetti sauce, I prefer to do that when I’m cooking.  I find having plain sauce is something I can use in more recipes.  We’ve been eating tons fresh too!

A few years ago I picked up a tomato press.  Is that what they are called?  You can use it for anything.  It’s great for making apple sauce, especially here where the apples that grow are quite small and tedious to peel and core.

No end in sight yet but I know we’ll be enjoying them all winter long!

What do you like to make with tomatoes?

Garden pics

Zucchini, tomatoes, and cabbage

Green beans, beets, swiss chard, and peas

Where I wish I was!

The garden is doing pretty good.  Vegetables other than what are listed are rutabagas, lettuce, carrots, dill, cucumbers, kale, potatoes, onions and kohlrabi.  The radishes are finished and the lettuce is about done too.  The peas and beans are just starting to bloom.  The tomatoes are all in bloom and there are some small green ones.

I tried to grow more vegetables that will last the winter and less vegetables that are eaten fresh only.  We really like having fresh lettuce from the garden so I think I’m going to put in another seeding where the radishes were.

The last couple days I’ve been watering.  We could really use some rain.  Watering helps the garden survive but it really doesn’t thrive like it does with rain.

How is your garden doing?  I’d love to see pictures!

Greenhouse


Okay, so it’s not the greenhouse I always dreamed of having. 😀

All these years I have been starting my bedding plants on the living room window sill. Difficult to do now that I have 2 cats in the house. I thought this solved the problem beautifully! And at a minimal cost and effort. I have it sitting on the deck on the south side of the house where it is sheltered from the wind and gets lots of sun all day long. I put a cement block tight against it at the base to help make it more secure in case a really strong gust of wind decided to try to move it. Fairly common here on the prairies. 😉

The vegetables I started are tomatoes, cabbage, butternut squash, and leeks. Herbs: parsley, basil and dill. And some ornamental sunflowers. These are just from seeds I had. I didn’t think I’d be starting bedding plants this year until I found this greenhouse so that’s why I only started a few things. The rest I will purchase for this year. Next year I’ll do more. 🙂

Garden update

It’s been a very wet summer in the garden.  It all started at the end of May and just kept raining.  Before the garden could really dry up, it would pour again and then again and again.  The water has taken it’s toll on my cabbage and green peppers which are at the low end of the garden. I won’t get much from them.

As you move away from the low end of the garden towards the higher end, things improve gradually.  Next to the cabbage are the green beans.  The plants are yellowish and small but they have produced a few green beans.  At the far end of the garden are the tomatoes which are doing wonderfully.  The plants are loaded with tomatoes!  I can’t wait for them to start turning red.  All that manure I took time to spread last fall has really helped the garden.

We’re eating lots of lettuce salads with dill.  We’ve had swiss chard, green beans and fresh peas.  Still waiting for the tomatoes, cucumbers, carrots and other things to ripen.

How is your garden doing?

More rain

"This is the sign of the covenant" Gen 9:12

I’m glad we made use of the good weather when we had it.  That’s life on the farm, huh? “Make hay while the sun shines” as the saying goes. Sounds like there’s a chance for rain right through the week.

My garden survived the last flooding, and a couple rains since.  I was able to till between the rows just before the last rain came.  The one end was still very muddy but I got it done before the weeds could take hold.  I’m always fighting the crabgrass.  Things are growing okay, though and we put in the supports for the peas, so feeling good about the garden overall, inspite of the rain. 🙂  The grass is growing like crazy. 

We haven’t heard from our neighbours about the cow yet. We’re trying to get in touch with them. The corral isn’t ready anyway. 

So what sort of things do I do when it rains? Bake, clean, organize, declutter, grocery shop. Rest up before the next nice day! I’d love to start a sewing or knitting project. Hmmm….

Too much rain

Flooded garden

Was I welcoming the rain not too long ago? We’ve been getting a LOT of rain the past 2 days. Too much! Yesterday was the worst, there was thunder and lightning, high winds. We tried pumping the water away from the garden but it was difficult to get the water from flowing back. I took this picture this morning. Now the rain has stopped and the sun is peeking through so the water is receding slowly. I have my cabbage, green peppers, jalapenos, zucchini and green beans planted at that end of the garden so I’m HOPING they survive.

There is a lot of water laying around. We don’t have as much as others, though. The forecast for the week is clear weather so let’s hope there’s no more flooding! And it dries up before the mosquitoes find it!