Friday, May 11, 2012

Planting Veggies

When we first moved to our house one of the first changes we made outside was tilling up a patch of the yard for a garden.  Matt and I were both fed from garden goodies growing up and knew that we wanted to keep that tradition alive.  Our garden square footage has managed to increase each spring as we have grander and grander plans.  This year Matt is actually tilling up a separate location for produce that vines out, he really hates it when they take over the other vegetables.  I think it might be one of his biggest pet peeves!  He's affectionately started calling this patch 'Garden #2'.

All summer long we harvest the produce that the garden provides.  Sometimes we give it away to friends and family, other times I use the fresh produce in recipes, I freeze things like pepper rings, onion rings, and shredded zucchini and we can a LOT of green beans and tomato products (salsa, pizza sauce, spaghetti sauce, and bruschetta) for use during the fall, winter and spring.

So far we've got:

 8 Roma's, 1 Better Boy, 3 Super Fantastic's and 1 Yellow Heirloom
Green, Red and Yellow Bell Peppers
2 Watermelons

In addition to all those goodies, we've planted spinach and lettuce and also have pumpkin, green beans, and sugar snap pea seeds, as well as sweet yellow and sweet red onions coming from Gurney's.  We will also plant cantaloupe, zucchini and cucumbers once Matt gets the patch for "Garden #2" tilled up.  And last but certainly not least, we have our strawberry and rhubarb patches!  It's a fairly good bet that we are going to be up to our ears in fresh produce and that makes me giddy just thinking about it!

Do you have a garden or raised bed at your house?  We love ours... if you couldn't tell!

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