Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Bounty & Beauty {From the Garden}

A part of me wishes that I could pause time to stay at this time of year. Even with sharing, donating, selling, swapping and preserving, we still have a crazy amount of fresh food and medicine from the garden.

When I first got into gardening, this time of year would stress me out. I would see all of this bounty ready to be harvested and I would think "WTF am I supposed to do with all of this?!?!". It still can be a bit overwhelming, but with some good planning that stress is no longer there. Plus, if I do find myself in the middle of the garden with that stress creeping up on me, I've gotta laugh at myself...I could be in the checkout line instead. Now I appreciate the hectic harvest for the blessing it truly is. :)

Here are a few photos of what has been going on in our little dirt patch!

The tomatoes have been a tad slow, but are coming along nicely.

{yellow pear tomatoes}

{old-timer tomatoes}

All of the hand-pollination has been paying off.

{acorn squash}

{small sugar pumpkin}

{strange zucchini}

We have been getting beans galore!

{either purple mustache of soggy creek or purple french climbing pole beans from devon. not sure, because they both look a lot alike and i was dumb and didn't put markers down. >:( }

{purple mustache pole beans & tanya's pink podded bush beans underneath}

The sunflowers are starting to show their pretty faces!

There have been all sorts of other pretty flowers too.

{wild tobacco}


{goldenrod from one of our wild parts of the yard}

{heavenly blue morning glory that ended up being pink}

{tri-colour morning glory}

{cardinal flower}

{daydream cosmos}

{balloon flower}

And here are a few shots of what we have been harvesting lately...

{beet greens, kale, nasturtiums, spinach, chard, arugula and different types of lettuce}

{purple mustache and french climbing pole beans, strange zucchinis, old-timer and pink girl tomatoes, and of course a sunflower}

{nasturtiums, carrots, turnips, beets, kale, squash & pumpkin blossoms, peppermint, and bush & pole beans}



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Elizabeth S said...

Everything is looking so wonderful! I know what you mean about feeling stressed and I feel that way right now about all the tomatoes we have!

Hertha said...

Those purple beans are so cool! Your garden is a true inspiration!

bek said...

What a bonanza of photos to come back to - shows you can have it all: gorgeous AND productive

nefaeria said...

Thanks folks! :)

Jim of Dose said...

You've got a green thumb there lassie!