Thursday, July 8, 2010

I LOVE MY GARDEN!

I am so happy that our garden is actually producing!!! Praise the Lord!!!

I never told the blog world this before, in case nothing grew - but we spent a grand total of $25 on our garden plants! (My FIL gave us our cherry tomato plants, because he did not mean to buy them.) Lord willing, by the end of this month, that we have easily gotten back more than we put in! Praise the Lord!

We have loads of peppers: sweet green bells, jalepenos, red chili peppers, banana peppers, and orange bells! We LOVE peppers. Today I will be looking for stuffed jalepeno recipes, as ours are mature and ready to harvest! Next, I am going to learn how to store peppers. I know that green bells can be frozen (just cut out the seeds, slice, and freeze!), but can I freeze other peppers? I am off to do research, but I welcome your comments and expeience.

As for the rest of the garden - the cherry tomatoes are giving us just enough to fill our tummies every day, and the full size tomatoes are slooowwwly ripening. (Unfortunately, we already lost our one and only ripe tomato to worms... guess I planted my marigolds too far away.)
Yesterday, I actually went out in a downpour to get fresh cherry tomatoes for my dinner! (It was worth it!)

The cauliflower did not turn out. I guess we planted it too late, oh well. It was worth a try.

The onions are useable, but not full grown.

The potato plants are huge, but I have not yet dug a potato up - we planted them a little late.

I will let you know how my cooking experiments turn out!

3 comments:

Mama Hen said...

I have frozen all kinds of peppers before. I just chop them up like you would bell peppers and freeze them. If they are a little juicy you would want to freeze them first on a baking pan and then put them in a bag. I learned the hard way that if they are wet or juicy they will just freeze in a clump and then you can't measure out what you want.

Our garden is not having a good year. Our tomatoes just aren't doing as well as they usually do and our peas and beans did not even come up. Well, a few plants here and there, but not even enough for one meal for my family. But our corn did wonderful!! I want to try potatoes too.

Bethany W. in mid-MO said...

Mama Hen,
I saw your corn post y-day! That's a lot of corn to shuck! We hope to have corn next year!
Thanks for your mentioning that the peppers might need frozen on a tray. I forgot to mention that, and I appreciate you reminding me!
Bethany

Kimberly said...

I'm always greatful for a garden bounty, it's been so cool here up until the last couple days, we don't have much bounty yet!!