Gardening - 2020
If any of you have surplus harvest and can't find enough takers--some food pantries are now taking them. (There's one in the county I used to live in that actually grows food and adds it to their donation boxes before delivering them.
Also, the organization AmpleHarvest.org may be able to help.
That's the elder neighbor, turning my garden under. He's such a great neighbor. I haven't lived next to someone so great since my grandfather, Henry, was near.
My garden has been my joy this year. It usually is but last year we made raised beds so I was a little later than I would have liked. Also, I got squash bugs 🙁 and wiped out many of my pumpkins. And baby bunnies eating things until we put up a fence!
This year, it’s been a bountiful harvest of cherry tomatoes and squash and pumpkins. Regular tomatoes are coming in one, two at a time. We haven’t had a lot of rain but I’m fortunate to be able to water it.
I’m putting up roasted tomato sauce in the freezer when I get enough tomatoes and cherry tomatoes. I cured some spaghetti squash, pumpkin, butternut squash and they’re stored in the basement. I’ve got more on the vines waiting to ripen. A few packages of peas and beans in the freezer, too.
We went blueberry picking so I froze a lot of them and canned some blueberry jam. We also picked up some local apples and I canned apple butter. I’ll be getting more apples to make more.
We also picked up a dehydrator. I’ve got tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, blueberries, apples, mangoes, peaches. Apricots, too but they are gone 😋.
I started seeds indoors and that helped cope during quarantine. Then having the garden to work in all summer and now...I love to be in there and just love it!
I went to look at the grapes today and they were all gone. There were one or two left and they were really sweet, but too many seeds. I think they're best as Deer food.
I remember making jelly with them. They had to be strained because of all the seeds and skin. I messed it up because I cooked it too long. I had Concord Grape Glue when I got done. Live and learn.
I don't think I'll do that again. The Deer seem to get them first. Animals are smart when it comes to things like that.
I was just out in the garden. Lots of cherry tomatoes again, green beans, snipped off some lemon thyme to dry, and decided some of the squashes were ready to pick. I loved the way they looked together so I made a quick photo shoot camera 😄
After a couple light frosts last week, and a hard frost last night: it's game over here in the Northwoods. Womp womp. Even my lettuce in my little greenhouse bubble got zapped! I had an awesome growing season, though. And there's still yet to harvest hardy crops like cabbage, carrots, and rutabagas...
I completed many successful garden projects at home this year, accomplished a ton at the community garden, and even my husband's food plot planted for deer was a big improvement over last year - we planted turnips, and have been watching many fawns and does munching and frolicking about on our trail camera, and just finally got a nice 6 point buck coming into our plot. So we'll be transitioning from gardening to hunting right about now. Over the next month I'll clean up, amend, and mulch my beds, tuck in a few more perennials if I can, and plant garlic!