Saturday, June 19, 2010

Gardening for Home Grown Food

About a month ago this is what the side garden looked like.  I put in 2 hills of cucumbers, some herbies, and 4 tomato plants. I guess I'm crazy but I like flowers and vegetables mixed together. There are a lot of strawberries in this bed.  I never have been one to lay out rows of things in separate areas. My husband the real farmer, thinks I'm odd that way but he does admit that it looks pretty.


This is the side yard about 2 weeks ago and those cucumbers are running into the driveway. They are producing really heavy and I am going to be busy making pickles soon. One of my big crispers in the refrigerator is almost full. A friend just told me that one grape leaf in the bottom of each jar keeps the pickles crisp. Has anyone else ever heard of that trick?


While I was in Texas I ate some green tomato pickle relish. It was kind of like a sweet chutney. Wowzas it was delicious. I would love a recipe for that!  Anybody have one?





We have a long hot growing season here so I plant from seeds directly. A good source of seed is a company called Home Town Seeds. They are on line. Right now they are offering a 20% off for seed orders and they have a cool survival seed kit. The seeds are not hybrids so you can save from your harvest for the next year. They have some nice heirloom seeds available. Enter a code that says thanks.

Survival Seed Bank Link.

and happy gardening. The summer is on us and it's hot. Pretty soon I am going to be canning everything.
The peach tree is just loaded. That's the thing about gardening you have a lot of work to do as your harvest comes in; but it's saved money in the bank. Ka ching Ka ching.

14 comments:

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Well, it looks like you have a veritable Garden of Eden there! I'm proud of you for your gardening. It's just waaaaaay too hot here, and I don't have the room. A friend of mine has a hydroponic farm. She actually sells veggies from there. I've been thinking of trying some. Not sure what she's growing this summer. But it is HOT!

Let us know if you find a recipe for the relish. Sounds delish.

XO,

Sheila :-)

Susan said...

Garden looks great and yes, a grape leaf in the pickle jar is a necessity.

Laura ~Peach~ said...

i plant flowers in the veggie garden... brings more bees i think plus i just like them...

Farmchick said...

You have a wonderful green thumb. Gorgeous garden/plants.

joanne said...

wow, you are gonna be busy. Isn't that the best kind of busy though, canning from your own garden planted from seeds. We can't do seeds here so we get starts and they are barely chuggin' along. A few weeks of sunshine would help, it would help me too!
Send some of that sunshine our way...

farmlady said...

Your house and garden are beautiful. Everything looks really good and it's looks like a you will have a bumper crop this year.
Is that your home in the header photo? It's so cute.

Kat said...

This post just makes me happy! :)

This is my first year having a "garden". I started off with just a few things in pots. Tomatoes, peas, and peppers. Yea! It is so exciting watching them come up. I know my garden will be triple the size next year. This is too much fun, and I haven't even gotten to pick any fresh veggies yet! I will be over the moon! :)

Beautiful garden!

Chris H said...

Your garden is awesome, and I love the idea of mixing up the flowers with the veges!

Julie Harward said...

Thanks for your visit...love your nice garden and flowers..I have bottled for so many years but not so much now..a good thing though! :D

Linda@ Lime in the Coconut said...

Man! That garden looks gorgeous!!! Truly gorgeous!

Mental P Mama said...

Beautiful! Check out this canning blog.....http://tigressinajam.blogspot.com/

Twisted Fencepost said...

The flower/veggie garden is beautiful!
I'm one of those plant in rows kinda gardener. But I have already begun plans for next year, which means I may have small gardens all over the place. Shoot, we have 20 acres...WHY NOT!

Kathy said...

Love your place! I too have mixed flowers, herbs and veggies in the same gardens. It is now getting dry and hot here.
Sure did miss getting to visit with you.

Grandma Tillie's Bakery said...

Good for you! I am so glad to hear you are harvesting and canning!