It's been a little bit since my last blog. I've been busy with my last harvesting, ripping out the first garden of the season, and planting a fresh one in. I then took a vacation to see the folks up in northern Idaho.
Our Bell Peppers in three beds produced over 10 quarts cut and frozen. About 10 quarts went into the stewed tomatoes and the salsa. Maybe 5 quarts or more was given away to my friends at work or the neighbors.
|Nice, ahh, Peppers!|
The sweet yellow banana peppers produced a huge amount and was a big hit at work. we made 20 pints of pickled peppers and slice about 3 quarts and froze them. The rest I gave away, which everybody loved. All of my chili peppers went into the salsa, which was about 6 quarts with some given away.
|Sallie Mae just refuses to eat her veggies.|
|One pretty basket of peppers!|
Now for the second garden of the season. I know that the tomatoes and peppers will continue to grow but they were getting lanky and we have enough to last quite a while, so out with the old and in with the new. The first thing that you will notice about the garden is the new fence. While we were on vacation a four legged critter got in and dug a bunch of holes. I'm not saying who, but Roxy got a big pedicure as soon as we got home. To be fair, HA!, the fence was thick plastic that had been in the hot Texas sun for several years now and had got brittle.
|The new fence, 2"x4"x 48" horse fence from Home Depot.|
|What? Who Me?|
Five potato beds three red, two yellow. The blackberries are growing for another season.
|Red and black beans. I have a bed of||Cow peas too.|
|Zucchini, pumpkins in the front and spaghetti and butternut in the back.|
Two sweet potato's and one volunteer potato. I'll find out what on a couple of months.
|Still a few small strawberries in the patch.|
As you can see a small suburban back yard can produce a good harvest. I have a corner lot. Even my neighbor has room for 6 of these beds and still have some room for his rat, oops, small dog. I wish now that I had chosen the middle of the cul-de-sac. Those back yards are huge compared to one in the middle of a block and twice as big as mine.
You too can do this. Now get with it!