Saturday, August 30, 2008

Garden Purgatory

If I believed in purgatory, my garden would be pretty close to it. It is what has been keeping me away from blogging this past month (as well as work taking me away). Every day we pick at least a pound of green beans, a pound of cherry tomatoes, enough basil for cooking and 15 pounds of regular tomatoes. Every week we've been picking some eggplant, peppers, cucumbers & broccoli. Almost every night we've been making either spaghetti sauce or tomato soup or just freezing them.

Our lettuce I've decided to just let die, with all of the tomatoes it's been hard to keep up on them. Our chives didn't do too well this year, enough for a little bit of flavor but nothing beyond that. Our corn did not do too well either. Cantaloupe produced a little bit, but I've been having problems with neighborhood kids stealing them. Celery and leeks are doing well. We've got some new Kohlrabi growing and will be ready in a few weeks.

I think the hardest of it all has been the cherry tomatoes. We planted way too many of them and they are the most time consuming since you can't just let them sit for a day, otherwise they start bursting on the vine. Next year we will do 2 or 3 plants only of cherry, not the dozen or so I did this year.

My favorites have been the peppers & eggplants & basil. They have just needed a bit of watering, can survive a few days being ignored. Overall, the garden has been a success and we've learned a lot.


Dan said...

excess is a good thing in the veggie garden then there is lots to go around. Did you sell any of it or just share with family & friends?

I just posted a recipe for raw sauce that uses all the things you just mention on my blog. It is a relish that is good on hotdogs, hamburgers etc. here is the link

John Keilman said...
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Sick of Debt said...

I ended up sharing with various neighbors and members of our church that are struggling. We are also planning a Thanksgiving dinner where we will be inviting those in the community without family nearby or are unable to afford it, which a fair amount of it will be used for.