Growing enough food for one's family is hard work, and I'm pretty sure that I didn't even grow enough to keep us through the winter! I often wonder how women a century ago managed with the added labour of hauling firewood and water, manual heating and clothes washing, and no refrigeration or air conditioner. They must have been incredibly capable! When ever I think of them, I feel grateful that blanching can wait another day because our fridge will keep things fresh until I can get to it!
Here is how our garden is growing this week (you can check out last week here):
Wild borage that showed up in my carrot patch.
Rows and rows of parsnips.
Brussell sprouts that may not make it, thanks to the
cabbage moth and her hungry little offspring.
Shell peas called 'Provider'. Don't mind the weeds - I've given up on them.
Three varieties of summer squash.
Our garlic harvest!
Those little white lumps are nitrogen fixing nodules on the
roots of the snow pea that I pulled up. Pretty neat!
Bell peppers are just beginning.
Sweet romeo cherries - not from our garden - but from a local u-pick.
We have these planted in our yard, but they will not likely produce much
for several more years. I can't wait for that!
My gardening sidekick, whose idea of gardening
is digging in my raised beds with his tractors!
How are things in your garden this week?