Friday, August 14, 2009

How Does Your Garden Grow?

We have been so blessed this year to have a very productive garden! I have had so much fun harvesting everything and learning new ways to can things. Without our garden, I don't know that we would have been able to add to our food storage this summer!!!

Here is Eme picking raspberries. This is the kids' FAVORITE thing to do. We don't get to really make anything with the raspberries, but the kids sure love to munch on them. And the best part is that I don't have to prepare them. The kids just go outside and eat them straight off the canes!

Our little patch of raspberries has been producing since late May, and it is STILL going. Raspberry plants anyone?

This picture is of my little Gabriel holding a couple of beans from our garden. 2 to be exact. They are called rope beans and come from Thailand or something like that. A custodian at Ryan's school gave him some seeds and we planted them this year. They have been FANTASTIC. They taste pretty much like regular green beans, but sweeter. And a great perk is that in a minimal amount of space, these beans can really produce! Just a handful of these beans produces 2 dinners worth of green beans. And you can pick that many every week! Best of all, these seeds are organic, so we can harvest some seeds for next year!

Our tomatoes have SERIOUSLY gone crazy this year. We have an overabundance of these little suckers!

I have canned 24 pints of diced tomatoes and I am about to can at least that many of tomato sauce. This is after we have given away baskets and baskets full of tomatoes to our neighbors!

These are Gabriel's sunflowers! He planted them all by himself and has been so proud to watch them grow!

These are our squash plants. I didn't know these plants could get this big! They were taller than Eme! And did I mention that we had more zuchinni and yellow squash than we could eat? Anyone know any good ideas for canning squash? Pickled zucchini anyone?

This is the very first year that we have had any success with watermelons. Usually the plant rots away before the melons can get very big. So far we have about ten that look promising!!!

So, I thought that I would plant a little jalapeno bush so that I could have one or two jalapenos. Well, instead of a little bush we now have a jalapeno tree! It is as tall as I am!!!!

Needless to say, I will now be canning jalapenos.

So, that's it. Our little garden project that has turned into a mighty undertaking! We are so thankful for this amazing blessing. Our garden is truly a miracle sent from above!


  1. I am ssssooooo jealous! I thought I was doing good with our box garden (which I have now decided to wait for a month or so before I plant again). Awesome work!

  2. Wow! Good on ya for keeping up with all of that! And like everything you touch, your garden is absolutely beautiful to look at.

  3. This is Gina Steed from the ward.I'm blog-stalking I guess. Hope you don't mind. But had to say "way to go" on the garden. I have done some small pathetic gardening efforts since we've moved here and keep trying to learn more and expand. This is inspiring though. I'll take any bushes you want to get rid of but do they come with instructions :o). Great pics too!