Thursday, October 15, 2009

Our successful garden :)

With the arrival of fall came the final harvest from our small garden. As I've written previously, we had a less than spectacular return for our efforts this year, but we have learned much and plan to do things a bit differently next year. The big lessons have been in realizing that our climate and growing season are very different from what we had when we lived in Vancouver. As I've told a few friends, our garden was slow out of the blocks and finally came to life at the end of July like it was the beginning of June. Lord willing, we'll have more success next year. In the meantime, here are some photos to show that all was not lost. And the good news is that the hens are laying pretty consistently now.

One thing we got quite a lot of was cucumbers. Since they are one of my favorite veggies, I am very pleased about how frequently Anna came up from the field with a freshly picked cucumber for me throughout the summer. Because of how poorly things were going with many of our plants, we were surprised to find a watermelon and a canteloupe growing in the garden. The canteloupe was fully ripe, but lacked in flavor as it didn't get enough warm sunny days. When I cut into the watermelon, I was disappointed to find it was only a pale pink inside, again due to our shorter growing season. We did eat the canteloupe anyway - just because. The chickens got the watermelon.

Another plant that did well for us was potatoes - we had lots of fun digging them up.

These are our three pumpkins. :)

And finally, these are the little farmers we are growing. The kids don't remember our having a garden at the "old house" and, therefore, don't remember how nice it was. They think we had a great garden this year and are looking forward to sowing seeds next spring. And with that, I'd have to say our garden was a complete success this year!

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