Wednesday, June 12, 2013

The Bounty Begins..

A few weeks ago, the boys had the ultimate front seats....watching concrete being poured in our parking area. We've been in the house for two years and finally took the plunge and created a solid surface to play and park on. As you can imagine, Mason and Levi were glued to the action from 8:30 a.m.- 2 p.m. We even ate our lunch on the porch.

I've been pretty excited about all the yumminess coming out of the garden. We've finished harvesting the carrots, including these funny ladies. My mother-in-law commented that this picture looks like synchronized swimmers. One of the best things about raising your own food is seeing the variety of ways vegetables grow. Those carrots in bags at Publix didn't start as stubby "baby carrots".... I laughed out loud washing this group off. And then made a batch of Asian Pickled Carrots. I'm trying to limit myself to only eating a few a day. They are delicious!

Last year the birds ate almost all of our blackberries. This year, there are so many berries that the birds haven't been a problem. Look at these beauties! I just made a batch of Fresh Blackberry Jam with part of them. 

Both of the previous recipes came from this BHG Canning Magazine that my mother-in-law picked up last year. The photos are gorgeous and the recipes are winners so far!

Currently growing on this side of the garden, front to back: strawberries (though they really haven't done that great....or more accurately, critters have been enjoying the berries), soybeans, zucchini, cucumbers, peanuts, basil, green beans, corn tomatoes, and okra. On the other side, we have blank areas where we harvested the potatoes (in the rain, not a good idea) and carrots. Pink-eyed peas are coming along and sweet potatoes are also there. Ashley also planted a second crop of corn and green beans.

Our corn, tassels out! I meant to take a picture of the purple corn we're growing but forgot. Excited about that crop!

And this little guy is growing right along, too! 10 months old. What love!

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