Sunday, August 3, 2014

My Garden At The Farm

This fence is what I worked on this past weekend.
This is where my green beans were planted.
I used fence posts and twine.

When I cleaned all the vines up and tilled up the ground,
I quickly realized how I hated twine!
I loved having the beans up high but when it
came time to clean it all up, between the vines and the twine,
it was not fun. I had to pull up all the vines in the ground
and make sure the twine was up.
So now I have a fence up for my fall garden (sugar snap peas) and my green beans next year.
I still have more fence to add but I am getting it done.
And I did all this all by myself!

I also planted more squash this past weekend.
I love having it in the freezer in the winter.
I blanch cut up squash and freeze for casseroles
and I also freeze some for fried squash.

In this picture you see my last row of white half runners.
I didn't even stake these up and they are doing good.
To the left you can see I still have some squash growing.

Here you can see my bell pepper plants.
They are doing really well.
I flash freeze my bell peppers and put in a zip loc bag
so I can just reach in and get what I need when I am cooking.

We are so blessed with tomatoes.
I love them any way I can get them.
I have made homemade soup for the winter.
Tomorrow I am making salsa.
And of course....tomato sandwiches.

"Sweet Hunter's" Granny taught me most of
what I know about freezing and canning.
Here is how she taught me to do the squash so it will be ready to fry in the winter
and it is so good!
Slice and bread with cornmeal just like you were going to fry it.
Very lightly grease a cookie sheet and then put squash on it in
oven 450 degrees. Watch it very close. You want it lightly browned but not cooked through.
Turn over and brown the other side. Set out and cool.
Place in freezer bags and it is ready to fry in the winter!

I planted "Sweet Hunter" a field of sunflowers!
Our first bloom!!!!

This is how I pounded the fence posts in the ground for my fence!
A step stool and a brick!
Oh my it was so hard but I was so determined.

When "Sweet Hunter" saw what all I had done,
he asked me how I pounded the fence post in the ground.
When I told him a brick and a step stool............
He took me to Tractor Supply and bought me this
Who would've thunk it?
It is very very heavy.
Hope I can do it!

I had several cucumbers come up on there own and
I was wanting some more cucumbers so this is good.
I have about 20 plants but they
have just about played out and I am not ready for this bountiful
supply to end!

 This is why I love my garden!!!

And that's why
Sometimes I just want to praise YOU.
Sometimes just to speak YOUR name.
Oh Sometimes I just want to thank YOU,
without asking YOU for a single thing.
Oh sometimes I lift my hands to YOU.
And sometimes all I do is cry.
Everything that I have I owe to YOU,
And Calvary's the reason why.


Mountain Woman at Heart said...

Your garden looks wonderful! I can't wait for a blog tour of your farmhouse when it's done. ;)

Anonymous said...

Wow! That doesn't even look like the same garden as when I was there on Thursday! You have really worked hard! Looks so good, Val! Can't wait to see your field of sunflowers when they bloom. Vicki

Little Penpen said...

Look at you!! Putting posts in the ground and all!! Did you notice your brick has a heart shape on it? Enjoyed your garden photo's. And I know gardening 'ain't no joke' ... you gotta be a hard worker to pull that off. Go, YOU!

W. Latane Barton said...

It is hard to believe that you put that garden in all by yourself. Well, no it is not.... you had Granny there, guiding you every step of the way. I am proud of you, Val. I couldn't have done it.

Kathy said...

You are a very neat and tidy gardener! I see no weeds! That brick looks like it has a heart on it. Did that happen from pounding the fence posts? Also, be very careful with that fence post pounder. I watched a man use one once and he managed to hit himself in the head with it on the upswing. Please be careful!