Garden 2011

So much has gone on here since I last updated the blog – we spent endless hours raising heirloom bedding plants (tomatoes, peppers, tomatillos, onions, leeks, shallots , eggplants, broccoli, brussels sprouts) in our indoor garden so when the weather was sort of cooperating we could take them out to the passive solar greenhouse. It worked really well, and we built 6 raised beds around the house where it is more sheltered and had a bumper crop of tomatoes and peppers. The big veggie garden out at the edge of the pasture had broccoli, brussels sprouts (Mike will never in his life eat one) and lots and lots of potatoes, leeks, onions, beans and all the rest of the peppers and tomatoes which we didn’t have room for in the raised beds.  We froze lots of broccoli and beans and still have a good store left. I made several gallons of enchilada sauce, and have been using the peppers which turned red and we dried to continue with my Mexican food fetish all winter.  I am experimenting with a new paste tomato this year and hope to have enough to can rather than freeze.

Mike dug a root cellar by the pole barn behind the stables and we are still getting potatoes, carrots and onions from our stash in there. So it has been a worthwhile effort. We hope to be even more self sufficient this year.

Unfortunately after we had finished harvesting and there was still some green stuff left,  Othello started the process of breaking down the fencing around the veggie garden and eventually they all got in and completely trashed it.  First job for the spring is to put in a really hefty wooden post and rail (with electrical accessories) to enclose the garden again.  We kept the deer out, but horses, not so much when we turned off the power.

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