Well, she’s just about gone. The glorious garden that has given us so much this year is gone. The only thing left are celery leaves, no actual celery (I have no idea why), just leaves which I’ll harvest and freeze for stocks…works the same, 🙂
The glorious garden that gave us fresh veggies all summer, all that we could eat, is no more. At one point this summer, I couldn’t eat another cucumber… now, my onion dip is lonely and I’d love a garden cuke, but alas winter is near.
For our first large garden, she was very, very good to us…
Lettuces were eaten fresh and shared with others all summer
Tomatoes were plentiful and made into salsas, pizza sauces, marinara, soups, sauces
Cucumbers gave us canned and refigerator pickles and relish
Radishes were pickled and already eaten 😉
Squash is cured and waiting the the basement for a cold winter dinner
Corn is frozen and canned in soups
Green beans are canned in soups and frozen too
Snap peas, frozen awaiting stir frys
Zucchini, ever so abundant is canned into salsas and frozen for soups
Carrots are frozen for soups and stocks
And hot peppers are fermenting for our first try at hot sauce.
And finally chicken bones from processing this week are bubbling away as stock to be canned for the cold months.
I cannot complain at all. The work that we did this spring and summer has more than paid off and has given us a renewed sense of pride in growing food for our family and an excitement for next year. It was a trial year for us and we have some kinks to work out but we are happy and grateful to say the least.
We have a few things left to do to get ready for winter. Garlic goes in the ground this weekend, cleaning out the gardens, pig processing in a few weeks and closing up the bees are the major things left to get done before it gets colder.
Then we can start seed and chick researching for next year…maybe finally some fruit trees too!