This year has been really fun having a backyard with a huge area for gardening & several fruit trees.
I want to have a place to keep track of what I did this year, so I can compare for next year.
Here are some pictures of what it's been growing.
A sunflower getting ready to bloom.
The bean fences in the background.
We had 11 tomato plants, cucumbers, crookneck squash, several zucchini plants (yum), sugar snaps peas, green beans, corn, jalapenos, green-red-yellow bell peppers, pumpkin, spaghetti squash, melon (never bloomed), strawberries, raspberries, blackberries.
I think that's it.
Our spaghetti squash plants.
We used huge tomato cages.
They were hard to put in, but great at holding up the plants!
The corn. They ended up taller than the fence.
Pepper plants before they got huge.
I'm determined to learn how to grow the best peppers.
We eat so many.
I'm super paranoid about canning tomatoes, but I've done 11 pints so far.
If you don't do it just right, you'll grow botulism & kill everyone who eats it. No worries right?
I just added some extra cooking time to kill all germs.
Fingers are crossed.
Here is a picture of some of the food I've canned.
Apricots 3 quarts, 6 pint.5, 8 pints.
Peaches 9 pints, 9 quarts.
Pears 3 quarts.
Asian Pears 5 pints, 14 quarts, 1 pint.5.
Now that I know what I'm doing, I can plan better next year & do more.
I want to get more creative with jam flavors.
I also made at least 12 batches of strawberry freezer jam.
The booth on Bradshaw has a great deal for a huge bucket of over ripe/ugly strawberries for $6.
Awesome! Lots of fruit for yummy jam.
So here's to next year!