Garden, Garden, and More Garden

I think it might finally be safe to say that my garden for 2017 is in. Not that it’s finished, because anyone that does any sort of gardening can tell you a garden is never finished. This year, we expanded the “garden” to about 3 times the size it was last year. (At least if feels that way!) All that space means we get to try all sorts of new and yummy things! I also get to grow more of the vegetables that I’ll use for canning. Can you say super hot salsa? Or homemade spaghetti sauce? I’m getting hungry just thinking about it!

 

The picture doesn’t really do it justice. At. All. Seriously. This thing is magnificent. Are you ready? Cuz here we go. There are:

  • Radishes
  • Baby Carrots (new)
  • Carrots
  • Celery (new)
  • Cilantro (a row and a half!)
  • Parsley (new)
  • Scallions
  • Broccoli (new)
  • Romaine lettuce
  • Grand Rapids Leaf lettuce
  • Snow peas
  • Wando & Green Arrow peas (new)
  • Pickles (new)
  • Slicing cucumbers
  • Zucchini
  • Banana Peppers
  • Jalapeños
  • Thai Chili
  • Sweet Green Bell peppers
  • Roma Tomatoes
  • Big Boy Tomatoes
  • Triple “L” Climbing tomatoes
  • Petite Yellow Watermelon
  • Sweet Crimson Watermelon
  • Honeydew (new)
  • Cantaloupe
  • Jack “O” Lanterns
  • Connecticut Field Pumpkin (new)
  • Early Sweet pie pumpkins
  • Ground Cherries (new)
  • Asian New Melons (new)
  • Sage, Dill, Sweet Basil, & Thai Basil
  • Nasturtiums
  • Wildflowers, and …
  • The start of the girls’ fairy garden. (new!)

Are you dizzy yet? Because I kind of am. Especially when I start thinking about all the weeding! (Also, I feel like I’m forgetting something.)

The pickles and cucumbers. Much thanks to the girls of Troop 40017 for help getting these into the ground. Congratulations on getting your Gardening Badges!

 

The first snow peas of the season. I can’t wait to put some of these in the freezer for my stir fry vegetable mixes.

 

The kitchen herb garden bed. This is just a starter, lol. There are so many more herbs to add next year!

 

 

The dwarf peaches and goji, with a view of watermelon, honeydew, and the potato towers.

Jesse this season is excited about the Asian New Melons. We were gifted some fruits last year, and he fell in love. I had to order them out of a Japanese seed catalog! And, of course, the man still loves his canned banana peppers.

The girls, rightfully so, are excited about the fairy garden. This summer, it has Chinese Forget-Me-Nots, Nasturtiums, and Shasta Daisies in it. They are still deciding which plants they want to keep in there permanently. They even spent some homeschool time building a fairy house with Dad. Hooray for homeschool art class!

I think I’m most excited about growing pickles. I remember picking them with Mrs. Bernadine Reiss, back behind their garage in Freeland, MI, when I was even younger than my girls. She had the most AMAZING sweet pickles. I would give just about anything to get my hands on that canning recipe! They were crisp, sweet, not exactly a bread and butter–but so much better than the sweet pickles you get in the grocery store. I used to grab a mason jar out of her root cellar and eat them right out of the jar after school (on the days I didn’t have Ritz crackers and Cheez Whiz). I can almost smell her soap and see her wrinkled hands as I helped her wash dishes after my snack. These are the memories that I hope to pass on to the girls, and then, my grandchildren.

 

Happy weeding and watering!

~Lamphone

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