I have purposely decided not to be as ambitious in my garden this year. For one, my ambitions never seem to pan out. For another, I am 30 weeks pregnant. I want to be careful not to plant too much that has to be canned, etc., as I’m pretty sure canning is out for me this year.
So I planted what I have had success with in the past, and what I know I can deal with when it’s ready. Here’s what I planted this year:
Tomatoes, of course! I like to plant a lot of sauce tomatoes and then dehydrate them. I can handle dehydrating this year.
Sweet Peppers. I haven’t had a lot of luck with these, but I’m going to keep trying. I like red peppers okay. I just don’t like the store price, and forget about organic! Whoa.
Jalapeno Peppers. These can be frozen, no problem. Can also be dried, but I prefer freezing.
Broccoli. We’ll freeze whatever we don’t use fresh. It’s a popular vegie at our house.
Pickling Cucumbers. They will probably be the most time consuming. Whatever I don’t pickle, we’ll eat fresh.
Zucchini. Enough said. So versatile and what we don’t use fresh can be made into relish, pickled and or shredded and frozen for zucchini bread.
Shelling Peas. We eat these all w inter. I plan to freeze them, but may try dehydrating some, too.
Green Beans. We also eat these all winter. Will freeze them like last year.
And some melons. Never had good success with these here, as our season seems to be a bit too short. But I keep trying. I got cantaloupe on my own. Two of my boys wanted to plant a watermelon each and my Mom was accidentally sent some honeydew, which she passed on to me. We’ll see what happens with those.
Don’t mistake me for a green thumb. My thumb is closer to brown in color. Honestly, I am not a great gardener. I just keep trying every single year and I learn my lessons the hard (and sometimes costly) way. But I think it’s important to try to grow what we can and it’s great for the kids to see that we can raise some of our own food. It helps the food budget, too. I like organic produce, and this is a good way to get it.
I will keep you updated on how my garden grows this summer. I would love to hear how yours gets along, too, and I love comments.
Blessings today, Kris