Well I have finally found a way to get my husband to eat beets. He now eats beets chips and asks for more! I have to say these are truly scrumptious. Frying them takes away that slight dirt like flavor beets are known for and replaces it with a slightly sweet flavor.
We also made chips out of the greens but beware. The greens cause the oil to pop and splatter. The kids love them but mom can only take so much of that so we don't do to many of the greens.
Yippy! The gardens are recovering and have started to really produce after all the hail! Yes, it put us behind but we are grateful for what has recovered and so are our CSA members!
Our tomatoes in the green house are growing like crazy. Most of them are taller than me at 5'4". We've got trellises going everywhere. I'm pretty happy about their size at this point. They were planted late because we had to wait for the green house to be finished. We waited quite some time for some supplies that were on order. The tomatoes weren't planted until about a week into June. Next year we should be able to start them by May and they will be much further along this time next year. We did pick the first ripe tomato on Sunday and more are starting to ripen. Yeah!
Have you ever seen a tomato hornworm? They are actually caterpillars and they are GIANT. I hadn't seen any since I lived in Colorado growing up. They were quite common there. I was just fine with that too because they are darn good at devouring tomato plants.
I just found out that they are also good at devouring grape vines. My husband spotted the first one when we were walking through the herb garden. We have two grapevine growing up an arbor at the entrance to the herb garden. Thankfully they weren't in the vineyard.
Garlic is one of my favorite things to grow. Every spring when it comes up it reminds me that summer is not far off and I'll be outside planting soon. It also seems to withstand hail pretty well. Aren't we happy about that! The stem got beet up pretty bad but the bulb was safe and sound several inches underground.
I started my garlic 4 years ago and have been building it up since then. Each year saving more and more back to plant and thus increasing my stock.
Hello, I'm Jaci. I love wandering around in my gardens admiring God's creation. I'm passionate about whole foods and clean eating. I look forward to sharing my farming and homestead adventures and helping you reach your gardening goals! If you have any questions then don't be shy, I'd love to hear from you. Send me a message and I will be glad to help!