I am NEVER going to believe my husband again when he moans at the beginning of a growing season, “nothing is going to grow this year. We will have nothing to eat.”
I have decided he is a big worrywart when it comes to his garden.
He moaned last year and the only thing we ran short of was broccoli and by “ran short of” I mean we didn’t have any in the freezer by the time the new crop came in.
I STILL have snow peas from ’10 in the freezer.
I have beets, corn and turnips from last year and beans and corn canned.
And then there was this year.
The year of THREE carrot harvests.
Two beet and turnip harvests.
More snow peas than I care to discuss and this:
The one day, seven pound bean harvest.
I was lucky enough that a local friend wanted to barter so that the next harvest (5 1/2 pounds) yielded me some nice bass and venison.
I am not really complaining. I love having all of these vegetables come winter I just wish they would come in at a more measured pace instead of like this:
Uh-huh. That was half of one day’s harvest. You don’t see the beans and the zucchini that came in later. The zucchini you do see came in the day before. Yes, that is an overload of cucumbers.
Any ideas of what I can do with them besides pickles and relish?
Yesterday was that aforementioned third carrot harvest.
18lbs of ’em to be exact. Most of them are about to be made into carrot soup for me to can so he can have it in the winter when the taste of fresh carrot will be most welcome. I took my ginger carrot soup recipe and worked into something that can be canned. I kept a few out for him to eat this week and others out to be shred so I can have a carrot cake or two mid-winter.
The first ears of corn came in and were delicious.
Delightfully fresh and sweet. I can’t wait for the rest of them. This weekend I think. I use the cobs to make a sort of corn stock that I can that is very useful for soups and risottos. In fact, it’s part of the carrot soup!
The only thing that failed in the garden were the Brussels sprouts. They grew beautifully and he brought the first ones in the other day:
A lovely little harvest. I do adore Brussels sprouts and he has been trying to grow them for three years now for me. They are a pain in the tchuchus! This year he succeeded! Gorgeous plants, lovely little cabbages but they were FULL of spider mites. There is no way to eat them – *sigh* – he does figure though, that they kept the spider mites off of the broccoli and cauliflower. We always have had issues with them on those plants in the past and this year we didn’t! So next year we are not going to plant a lot of Brussels sprouts but he will plant a couple to draw the mites away from the broccoli and cauliflower. Organic gardening at its best!
So I am now off to go make that carrot soup and to try and figure out what to do with all of the cucumbers and zucchini, and eggplant.
Actually I have been canning ratatouille like a madwoman. It’s the first year we have had red tomatoes this early….despite his moaning that he feared we wouldn’t have any tomatoes at all.