Fresh from the Garden

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Peas and some pretty big new potatoes from the garden.

Peas and some pretty big new potatoes from the garden.

Fresh Veggies from Our Garden!

When we returned from our trip to New York, I was dismayed to see how the weeds had taken over the garden. Fortunately there are still plenty of veggies thriving too. Rainstorms kept everything growing and happy and the heat wasn’t overwhelming. Our Swiss chard recovered from a harsh pruning, courtesy of the deer. I was thrilled to harvest a nice bunch for dinner the night we returned from our trip, along with some onions and fresh eggs from our hens. The next night we had fresh peas and new potatoes (they are huge!) harvested and cooked right away. You can’t get food any fresher than that. 🙂

Five Color Silverbeet (Swiss Chard).

Five Color Silverbeet (Swiss Chard).

As I brushed aside the weeds I found carrots large enough to pull for dinner last night. They were sweet and crunchy. The onions are forming nice sized bulbs and needed to be thinned out, so I obliged. The best treat of all was fresh broccoli ready for the table. I love broccoli and some years it doesn’t do very well in our area. Our spring weather is usually short lived and goes right to summer heat before the broccoli produces well. Last year was a disappointing season for broccoli.

Our first heads of broccoli, first carrots, and some nice sized onions.

Our first heads of broccoli, first carrots, and some nice sized onions.

Dinner is Served!

I washed and cut up the broccoli and carrots and made a salad with the last of our Romaine lettuce. The onions were sliced and browned with some locally raised pork sausage. With some Swiss chard cooked up on the side, it made a delicious meal. A little honey-mustard dressing made a yummy addition to the veggies. It’s so nice to have food fresh from our garden!

Dinner - mostly homegrown with locally raised sausage.

Dinner – homegrown veggies with locally raised sausage.

After the expense of our family vacation, I’m so happy to have nearly free vegetables to harvest and eat, fresh from the garden. They have more nutrition than the produce trucked in from another state and the flavor is so much better. Growing a garden and harvesting healthy food is one of my favorite parts of homesteading.

What are you harvesting from your garden? What is your favorite homegrown veggie?


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8 comments on “Fresh from the Garden

  1. JES

    My favorite challenge is to make meals that our homestead provides. It is so very exciting when one can say that this all came from our back yard! 🙂 I love your garden pics!

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  2. Bobbie

    Just did a mid season clean out in my garden. Apparently “something” had decided to lay in my snap peas and broke most of the vines. so, those got torn out. Upon cleaning up around the zucchini, I found both vines had squash vine borers and those got pulled as well. It was time to pull out all the lettuce as this time of year, it will be too bitter. All the clean up complete; I planted a fast growing watermelon, some lavender, sweet peppers and 86 day butterhead lettuce.

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    1. Lisa Lynn Post author

      Hi Bobbie,
      You’ve been busy! I’m planning to pull the plug on my peas soon too. I think I have one more batch to pick and then they’re gone. We’ve eaten quite a few of the beets and when that row is done I want to clean it up for some fall crops. My onions are getting close to maturity and some are already starting to lay down and give up 😉 So that bed should be available for some fall goodies too. We are having a pretty mild summer so far and I’m hoping we are spared the intense heat so the fall crops can go in soon.

      Thanks for stopping by and sharing your garden adventures!

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  3. Vickie

    Your vegetables are lovely! That broccoli looks amazing! I have some tomatoes coming on fast, but unfortunately that’s about all I have in the ground right now, other than some oregano and basil. Ah well, there’s always next year.

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