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Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Bountiful Garden

My Garden was a success this year. I planted a bunch of produce I've never grown before like corn and potatoes. You also could call it my flower garden instead of a "garden" because I planted food all around my yard in my flower berms because I don't have a "plot" for a garden.
 
I planted "Candy Corn" in my front yard in a flower berm. I actually loved the look of it and thought it was pretty ornamental to have in flower garden. I think I'd like to try another brand of corn though next year.
 I thought it was interesting that the husk had a purple look to it. They were small and I know I needed to add more fertilizer and plant it much earlier. The ears of corn were small, but at least I had success in growing corn on the cob.
 I didn't get very many, but enough to eat and freeze a few bags. I enjoyed growing corn and learned how to do better the next time I grow it.
 
It was interesting to grow it in the front of my house. I was worried that my corn would be stolen, but it wasn't. One of the things I learned was that it is better to irrigate corn rather then have it watered with a sprinkler. The corn in the back / more shaded area became moldy - because it didn't dry out be evening. 
 The onions I planted from seed did well too. I loved going out and having onions from my garden all summer and not having to purchase any from the store. I put an apple next to the onions to give you an idea of the size. All were grown from a seed and not a purchased plant. Pretty cool!
 I loved .... loved .... loved growing potatoes. I grew them in the back of the berm that my corn was grown on. I loved the lushness of the foliage and the white flowers all summer long. I did harvest 1 plant about a month ago and had 10 nice sized potatoes. This is all the rest of the plants. I'd say I have about 50 pounds of potatoes. It is awesome and there were so many big "baked potato" size. I am definitely going to grow potatoes again.
 
I've had a MILLION tomatoes. I've canned at least 50 quarts of whole tomatoes and 12 pints of beautiful salsa below and more coming. I also gave my sister 2 bag full because I've had an abundance of tomatoes. It's been wonderful - there isn't anything better then tomatoes out of the garden on a sandwich or salad - Yum!
I also have tons of carrots, cucumbers, zucchini, crock neck and I have 5 beautiful pumpkins that I'll blog about when they are carved for Halloween.
 
My garden has been such a blessing this year and has really filled my food storage. I also purchased a case of peaches and pears that I canned. I canned 24 pint jars of each. I decided to can pint jars instead of quart jars because I'm an empty Nester now and it will be just me eating them. 

3 comments:

The Jones Family said...

Wow, you had a very nice yield from your garden. So nice that you were able to preserve some for food storage as well. Enjoy your week!

Rhonda said...

Beautiful bounty!

Zoey said...

Awesome! We need to figure out how you do it and try it out at our house!!!

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