I wait all year for this….

Meals 100% from our garden. Our tomatoes simmering on the stove, to be canned up for winter meals. Apples ripening, corn as tall as me, butternut squash getting huge. The gold finches enjoying the amaranth, and hummingbirds sipping from the scarlet runner flowers. It just doesn’t get any better than this. It’s so worth the…

In full swing, late July….

It’s zucchini time! The week of rain and humidity has really helped the garden along….we are getting zucchini, lots of greens, and the beginnings of cherry tomatoes and green beans. The greenhouse tomatoes are incredibly tall, and the butternut squash, which took a hit when the tree fell on it, has bounced back completely…..resilient plants…

Mid July garden

Some pictures of the garden in mid-July….   Zucchini seedlings, below, for a second planting…. And below, a lesson in being adaptable.  If a tree falls, where is it going to fall?  Probably right in the butternut squash patch….  But no worries….nobody was hurt, and the squash is recovering!  Those plants are amazingly resilient…..

Growing New World vegetables in Vermont

Most people who garden tend to have favorite plants, and I admit I tend to be slightly obsessed with New World vegetables.  The plants of the New World, native to the Americas, are numerous and varied, many of which were brought by ship long ago to Europe.   Though we associate the potato with Ireland,…

Mid June Garden update!

The garden is officially all planted! (though i’m sure i’ll manage to sneak a few more calendula, or tuck a few more runner beans in somewhere!) The chickens are a laying, so alas, we are swimming in eggs. This season is the first time we are using a seeder machine, and aligned our back field…

June 1st- (bless this mess) – planting in progress!

Planting in progress….but, almost done!  We still have to get in the potatoes, beets, carrots, onions, and cabbage.  But the rest of the vegetables are in the ground, getting situated, and just about ready to take off.  We pretty much rearrange the garden every year, moving the nightshades to new pasture, finding better spots for…

May 15th – garden in progress, and early canning!

Gardening progress!  We went from winter, straight to summer this year….and though its a bit early (with a few weeks until our last frost date..)  It just seems time to plant!  Below are some pictures of the earliest plants that come up in the spring garden, starting with nettles, below.    Yep, stinging nettles. They…

Mid March, epic snow, and seedstarting time!

And it begins. The first seeds have been started (March 14th to be exact) for the 2018 season.  Tomatoes, broccoli, cauliflower, kales, husk cherry, cabbage….next up, basil, and amaranth.   It certainly seems this year that the snow will never end…it is coming down as I type!    Many changes afoot, as usual. We are taking a…

The end of the gardening season…

Mid october brings us almost to the end of vegetable harvest, with just the cabbage, brussel sprouts, and jerusalem artichokes to bring in….all the beans are drying, root vegetables in storage, squash is curing…and the endless apples are being dehydrated daily (for winter snacking) Some numbers, for those who may be interested in knowing how…

The 1st of October, 2017

Officially fall…and the garden is quieting, dying down, though still so much yet to harvest, pumpkin, squash, tomatoes, dried beans, and still so many greens! Some pictures…