Wednesday

Gardening

We did a garden with our neighbors this year. We planted quite a variety: corn, tomatoes, zucchini, summer squash, 3 varieties of lettuce, several varieties of peppers, green beans, sugar snap peas, pumpkins, watermelon and canteloupe. I'm probably forgetting something, but I think that's most of it. Anyways, we are just starting to be able to harvest a handful of green beans and sugar snap peas. The lettuce has been in full swing for about a month now. I can't tell you what a great feeling it is to know that our food hasn't been sprayed wtih a bunch of pesticides! Today I froze a handful of green beans. Not a huge crop yet (plus I have to save some for the neighbors!) =) but some were ready so I wanted to get started freezing them. Here is a great link if you want to learn how to do it yourself. It's super easy, but if you've never done it before it's nice to have some directions. :) www.pickyourown.org/beansfreezing.htm. I'm sure there's a bunch more helpful info on this website when it comes to freezing other veggies.  Have fun!

6 comments:

velvet said...

i love that you are doing a garden with your neighbors!! what a great idea :)

Becky said...

I'm so glad it worked out to do it with them. They are great! It has worked out well so far. We were able to do a larger garden I think by doing it together. Just split the cost and we are starting to enjoy some wholesome goodness! :) you should try it. :)

Ricky Giannetti said...

We did our first garden in 2010 and green beans were the hit. We doubled it in 2011 but the torrential rains gave us a bad season. Last night I was up to 3 am researching greenhouses. I think I'm sold on buying a greenhouse kit that should suit our needs. Becky any recommendations for organic natural products to help these plants. Last year we mixed in egg shells with the strawberries when we planted them?

Becky @ purposefulhomemaking.com said...

Hey Rick, We just pile the leaves in the garden in the fall and by spring they've deteriorated enough to till. If you're really ambitious...Adam's also read of people keeping chickens in their greenhouses in the winter, then taking down the greenhouse and doing a garden in that spot in the spring. :) Also, I've read coffee grounds help, but Adam and I wondered if you should use organic coffee grounds (some people just get the grounds from Starbucks, but then they're not organic...Depends on how far you want to go w/organic). Also, you can put ashes in your garden, too. Do you compost? That will also help you get some rich soil. We just save all our veg/fruit scraps/rinds and then let that compost through the fall/winter and till it under in the spring. You might find some helpful tips here?? http://www.keeperofthehome.org/organic-gardening Hope that helps!

SueZH said...

What a fantastic idea. Gardening with your neighbors. Would love to hear more about how it works. Will be reading

Allyson Bossie said...

We do two gardens every year: a smaller bed with things like greens, cucumbers, onions, etc, and a huge garden with everything else. We had a bumper crop of eggplants last year which is such an expensive item to buy! We save so much feeding our family healthy organic food we grow!

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