Garden Sanity

Blue Screen Sanctuary

Our garden is a large part of my sanity. It is the place I go to do some weeding, watering, and picking. There are absolutely no screens to look at, and no phones to answer.

Free With Nature

I can hear the birds sing, play with dogs and kids, and get real dirty and never worry what people think of me. Anyone who knows me recognizes that is a really natural state for me.

Harvest Begins In SanityCucumbers

At the end of the summer coming into fall it becomes a lot more work as more and more produce needs harvesting and processing. My hands get blisters and dried out from all the washing, cleaning, cooking and canning but the quality of the yummy food is well worth it throughout the following winter months. Here are some cucumbers getting ready to be pickles.

BucketsDahlia Dill and Tomatoes

Here are the buckets from this morning, tomatoes, dill herb, Dahlia’s, and tomatoes. Any kind of flower blossom brightens my day!
zuchini
A normal sized zuchini is what I am holding. Honestly, it is how big they get all the time.

Tomato Sorting

sorting ripeness of tomatoes

Back up at the house, the tomatoes are washed and sorted into ripeness groups. The group on the right is red and ready to eat or can. The group on the left will get to sit in my vegetable baskets by the window to finish ripening. I’ll process them probably the next time I pick.

Garden Harvest This Weekend

The harvest doesn’t look real impressive sitting here on the kitchen countertop till you see the sizes of them compared to the size of my hand. These are oversized baking pans, so they look kind of normal but take a look at the third picture! Just slight large aren’t they?

Potatoes

potato 2015
potatoes Yukon Yellow
potato02
Yukon Yellow Potatoes
potato 3
potato giant

Zucchinni, Yellow Crookneck Squash

Okay the zuchinni are the same way in deceit. They look small stacked there but average 3-5 lbs each. This is just 2 days from the last picking of both kinds. We are  not planting this many squash ever again.

zuchinni
zuchinni
yellow crookneck squash
yellow crookneck squash

Tomatoes

We love the sweetness of our own tomatoes. Sometimes I think there must be some sugar sprinkled on them but nope. We have a variety this year including, Early Girls, Glaciers, Beefsteak, and Large Cherry Tomatoes

Early Girl, Cherry Tomatoes
Early Girl, Cherry Tomatoes

Seeds

Set to dry for next year-green beans, lettuce, spinach, peaches, zucchini. We got ourselves a book about how to dry your own seeds. It has saved us a lot of money and now that we have done it a couple of years, it has become real easy. Definitely something worth looking into if you enjoy growing your own food.

bean seeds
bean seeds
lettuce and spinach seeds
lettuce and spinach seeds
peach and zuchinni seeds
peach and zuchinni seeds