As the heat kicks off outside when temperatures start falling, I turn the heat on in the house to keep from freezing and am already dreaming of warmer weather again. Mostly because I love to garden. And I don’t have the biggest, best garden either. But as long as I’m growing vegetables on some level I’m supremely happy. Thought I’d share a little 2014 summer garden wrap up with you as my first in ground garden goes to sleep for the season.
I learned lots to apply to next year’s efforts. I’m already making plans for a larger spot, a larger selection of vegetables, a few raised beds, two vertical gutter gardens my brother made me in two-5 foot sections, a potted herb garden, and potato towers. And I’ve placed another heirloom seed order from Seed Savers Exchange and Baker Creek Seed Company. Three years ago I bought my first heirloom seeds from Baker Creek. I have been seed saving every year and haven’t had to buy any seeds at all AND have given away a ton of seeds to friends and family. But Seed Savers Exchange was having a clearance sale on some of their heirloom varieties so I thought I’d introduce some more types of vegetables to my standard harvest. I got 11 packs of seeds for $19 and some change. Not bad, I’d say!
This is my favorite picture of my garden for the whole year. Not because it’s full of veggies yet, it wasn’t at this point. It’s because it shows my favorite place in all the world in such a beautiful, peaceful moment. This is my zen place. Even now with the grass grown in for the winter and not a thing planted, I can still sit on my little $5 Goodwill bench and look out over my garden area and think and plan and let everything go.
I put away so many veggies in the freezer. And that doesn’t even count all the ones we ate throughout the season. We did get planted late this year. We didn’t start harvesting until mid-late July. I picked the last of everything three weeks ago now. And it ended up being 1/2 bushel of green tomatoes. I made homemade green tomato hot sauce with them. Several pints were put away to freeze. And incidentally, they are all gone already thanks to the teenager. He has made a request for me to find a grocery store that sells green tomatoes so I can keep him supplied year round now… Teenagers!
But these next pictures right here are really what it’s all about for me- homegrown, heirloom, organic, ripe tomatoes fresh from my own garden!
How did your garden turn out this year?