GardenI wanted to share part of the secret of our low grocery bills: our garden. Our main garden patch is about 50 x 100 feet, and produces cabbage, peppers, corn, cukes, squash, pumpkins, and tomatoes, tomatoes, tomatoes. This year we have 95 tomato plants (left, under a black plastic shade).
Last year our garden had a banner year. It produced 150 quarts of canned tomatoes, plus all the fresh ones we could eat from August till November. We grew about 3 dozen cabbages, a bunch of peppers (mostly hot), cukes enough for several dozen pints of pickles, and over 400 ears of corn. (left, cabbage, tied together with string to encourage better heads.)
In other areas of our property we have:
-- 2 mature apple trees-- we got about 3 bushels last year, which made MANY quarts of applesauce and were good eating fresh all the way till Christmas. (Right, baby apples)
-- a plum tree and an apricot tree that are young and just getting started producing but have lots of fruit this year (below, young apricots).
--A 20 foot long row of raspberries-- they've died off some and we planted some new this year. The little kids love to browse in the raspberries in the summer.
-- 5 grape vines --1 Concord for grape juice (we got about 7 gallons last fall) and 4 Red Flame grapes (the kind most grocery stores sell). Below you can see our grape arbor.
--10 new strawberry plants that we're getting in today or tomorrow-- we haven't had strawberries for at least 5 years, so they should be nice.
--John also built us a really cool greenhouse (left & below) which has supplied us with all the lettuce (below) we can eat for the past several months.
Hope you enjoy the pictures!