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A few weeks ago, I introduced you to our little garden. We’ve had a lot of rain the past few weeks. A LOT. So much so that I’m surprised our garden hasn’t been flooded out (since it is planted at a low area of our back yard). But, so far, the garden is (for the most part) thriving. I thought it would be fun to share an update . . .
This year, we’ve got 2 long rows of potatoes. The plants have grown quite a lot in the past 3 weeks, so I’m hoping that the little potatoes are thriving underground just as well as the part we see above the surface. (All the rain leaves me a little skeptical, but we shall see.) Last year, we tried our hand at sweet potatoes for the first time. We got some HUGE potatoes, but we found ourselves at a loss of different ways to prepare them. They certainly came in handy for Thanksgiving (as one potato was more than enough to make an entire sweet potato casserole!) We decided to skip the sweet potatoes this year. Maybe we’ll revisit them again in the future.
Brian’s got six rows of corn this year. The stalks are already almost up to my knees (keep in mind, I’m not too tall!) Last year, his first crop of corn did NOTHING and he ended up having to replant it all. It looks like this year is going to be a bit more successful. We usually end up with plenty of corn to freeze for the winter. It’s so nice to have to use as a side dish or an addition to a nice warm soup in the winter.
Brian’s got 4 tomato plants in this year. To be honest, I have no clue which are full-sized tomatoes and which are the cherry variety. Quite frankly, I don’t care. I’m not a fan of tomatoes. (I could drink spaghetti sauce from the jar, but a fresh tomato . . . no thanks!) I do enjoy picking the little cherry tomatoes though. They’re so cute!
Brian has decided to give green beans a whirl this year. This is the first year that we’ve planted any variety of beans in the garden. He’s got 3 short rows planted. Hopefully we’ll yield enough for a side dish or two. The kids aren’t fans of beans, so we’ll see if I can come up with some creative ways to serve them.
I think I’m most excited about these guys . . . the brussel sprouts! For years, I’ve determined to not only learn to love these little guys, but to learn how to prepare them. The plants seem to be thriving, so we’ll see what we come up with. (If you look closely at the upper right hand corner of this picture, you’ll see my dying eggplant. 😥 That was another thing I was anxious to try to prepare; but it’s not looking good for this year.)
Up next is the much larger cousin of the brussel sprouts . . . cabbage. I didn’t think Brian liked cabbage. Turns out, he likes it RAW, just not cooked. My mom has an awesome recipe for Unstuffed Cabbage that I’m looking forward to making with one of our cabbage heads. (I’ll be sure to share that recipe in the weeks to come.)
And last, but certainly not least, one of my favorite things about our garden each year . . . the peppers! I believe we started out with 18 plants this year, and have lost one so far. We always get a pack of green peppers and then we get some of the rainbow mix. I love those! Part of the fun of gardening, for me, is seeing all the variety of pepper colors that we end up with! Yes, I confess, I pretty much stalk the pepper plants! I like freezing them in chunks, slices, and dices to use throughout the winter. And it has become a “family affair” tradition to can sweet peppers as well. Yummy! My kids would probably all say that they hate peppers, yet they love the taste of anything that I include them in. So it’s a win!
On My Wish List
Here are some things that I would love to have – from YOU – to help with our little garden adventures:
- If anyone local has any strawberry plants that need a new home, we’ve got room for them!
- If anyone local has some tea plants that need thinned out, please send some our way! I would love to have some tea in my backyard!
- I need recipes for preparing my brussel sprouts. Bring them on, people! (I’ve got lots of bacon, so if the recipes include bacon, all the better!)
- I’d love some herb gardening tips, tricks, and ideas. If you’ve blogged about your herb garden, please leave me a link in the comments.