We did it! Everything has finally been planted! Unfortunately I was unable to plant sweet potatoes this year because I failed to plan for them, but everything is complete! It took about 3 weeks longer than I would have liked, but everything should still be able to grow without problems.
I know that it was probably way more extra work than we needed this year to put in a pumpkin and watermelon patch, but I am so happy that we did! It is just one less job we will need to do in the future.
The watermelon patch contains, well, watermelon of course! There are two varieties on 7 hills. I also added one small garden bed for one of the kids, but now need to add three more. They were promised their own gardens this year, and by golly, they will get them! If children and weather are cooperative tomorrow, I think I can finish the other three. (Fine, you got me. I don’t have it all finished yet. We have to finish their gardens before we will truly be done, but they knew it was last on the priority list, and I pray we can be done with them by the end of the weekend.)
The pumpkin patch has 4 kinds of pumpkins, butternut squash, corn, and several varieties of sunflowers.
And our main vegetable garden has bell, jalepeno and cayenne(?) peppers, green beans, black beans, tomatillos, tomatoes, 2 kinds of cucumber, peas, lettuce, spinach, arugula, celery, zucchini, potatoes, strawberries, onions, garlic, and a variety of herbs. Let’s just pray that everything grows well and we are able to keep animals out! (We need a new fence, maybe this summer if everything works out.)
I am hoping that this year we can master some food preservation skills, and store a lot of food to use until next winter. Last year we had hoped to do much more in the way of food preservation, but because of the move, we lost a lot of our harvest. On top of all the yummy goodness growing in the beds we planted, we have 12 apple trees (two were planted this year), 2 pear trees, 2 or 3 peach trees, 3 plum trees over 5 mulberry trees, multiple raspberry, and I think some blackberry patches, juneberries, blueberries, goji berries, Jerusalem artichoke, an almond tree, and two Japenese Heartnut trees (it’s like a walnut). Oh, and rhubarb and asparagus. And grapes. And maybe black cherries! If we can’t store a lot of food from all of that, I am going to be sorely disappointed! We ultimately want to grow as much of our own food as possible and shrink the grocery bills significantly.
What do you think, are we crazy or what? 😉 What about you, do you grow your own food, or at least some of it? What is your favorite food to grow?