Gonna catch you up on some pictures of the farm-grown fruit and vegetables we have been enjoying so far this year...and those veggies shared with us from some good neighbors. Isn't it nice to have good neighbors like this?
This is a collection of photos from the last few weeks. Our tomatoes have not yet come in so we were thrilled with these beautiful vegetables. In return, we were able to give them figs and an icebox watermelon and other vegetables.
Once again, my uncle Charles K. Hamer, age 84, is working every morning and late afternoon in the garden and loving every minute of it. He is also good at freezing food. He loves his garden, and the garden, in turn, is keeping him vibrant and healthy!
I had not shared it on my blog, but we lost a freezer earlier this year, and it WOULD be the freezer with most of the vegetables we put up last year! "Spilt milk", so we will just work harder to put up more vegetables this year.
The bulk of the vegetables in our garden will come in later, essentially a Fall garden. We started our own seed this early, trying to use up an over-abundance of old seed. For various reasons, we had to re-plant a couple of times.
The rabbits enjoyed the first planting of beans, and crickets have eaten up peas and string beans at least once. That's ok...we have a special , non-chemical weapon for those crickets! We are planning to introduce weeder geese to the farm this fall, and that will take care of the crickets!
Repairing the garden and orchard fence to hold in the geese will take care of the rabbits. "We're making progress," my mantra! If it were not for the crickets, the menfolk might not be motivated yet to fix the orchard fence...so there is a silver lining in most "calamities"!
We like to start our own seed and acclimate the plants to this Mississippi heat. They do better overall than store-bought plants grown in a hot house. We need plants with vigorous roots, not lots of foliage and root-bound roots!
The seed we saved last year for tomatoes were extremely viable, so we will save seed again. Open pollinated plants like heirloom varieties work great from saved seed.
We are working toward growing only open pollinated vegetables so that we are not dependent each year on the seed one can find in the local stores or orders far in advance of planting season. We are watching seed prices rise, so saving our own seed is yet another frugal step we are taking.
So far, Unc has put up 17 bags of peas, thanks to some generous neighbors, 6 bags of squash from our garden, 2 quarts of okra from our garden, 8 quarts of mulberries (it was a good year for mulberries here), and 6 quarts of blueberries (the best our blueberry shrubs have done to date.)
This is what we were harvesting last week.
No more blueberrries for this year.
Every day, Unc and I are enjoying an afternoon salad. Gordon does not like vegetables, so he is missing one very delicious treat!
In another blog post, I will share with you our "discovery" of a herb that has more nutrition than lettuce. We have been cutting it up for years, thinking it was a weed. It has proved to be a DELICIOUS summer lettuce substitute. No lettuce would be living in this Mississippi heat right now.
Did I make you hungry with these pictures? *wicked grin*