I can’t believe it has been 4 weeks since my last garden update. The past month has been so busy that blogging has kind of been put on the back burner.
If I’ve learned anything in the last 7 years of blogging it is that real life trumps anything online. Every. Single. Time.
Anyway, our garden has continued to produce bountiful harvests and I have been doing my best to preserve as much as possible either through freezing or canning.
Since we are picking tomatoes by the bushel I have already canned about 50 jars of tomato sauce, juice, and salsa with the hopes of canning at least that much again.
As far as what my garden looks like, I thought I would start with today’s pictures and go backwards from there.
August 21, 2014
During the past week I have pulled up most of our corn, our zucchini plants, all of the green beans, and picked the onions.
The zucchini plants were awesome this year but they finally quit producing. I have frozen almost 100 cups of shredded zucchini so I think they definitely served their purpose.
I hated to pull up the green beans, but I had neglected our green bean plants recently due to being super busy and it raining the times I was going to pick. I am thankful for the 6+ gallons I was able to freeze earlier in the summer.
The peppers plants have done very well and so have our cucumber plants. I think it is just about time to pick the last of the cabbage, but I am hopeful to still be harvesting tomatoes for another month.
August 14, 2014
This is how my garden looked last week. August gardens are never as pretty as June gardens, at least when it comes to my gardens.
As you can see, my zucchini plants had started to droop and the leaves were turning white. The stems of the leaves were starting to rot so I knew it was time to pull them a couple of days later.
I really hate that the weeds kind of took over in some areas of the garden, but my early summer diligence did help.
August 7, 2014
This is what my garden looked like two weeks ago.
Janna and I had gone outside to pick produce and it started to sprinkle a little. I wasn’t sure how we were going to pick everything when my parents showed up.
With their help we were able to pick almost everything that was ripe before it started pouring down rain. I love little “God-incidents” like that.
Janna was such a cute helper in her dress while carrying her purse on her arm. 🙂
This is what my parents helped me pick that day. Folks, that huge pile of zucchini is what happens when you ignore your zucchini plants for almost a week. There were about 25 of the biggest zucchini I have picked. Thankfully, I was able to give away about half of them.
For some reason I didn’t take any pictures of my garden 3 weeks ago. I doubt it looked much different than the pictures I have shared in this post.
I really am thankful for all of the fresh, organic produce we have harvested from our garden. We have been eating well this summer and my efforts to preserve our harvests will keep us eating well all winter, too.