Monday, June 6, 2016

And So The Garden Grows

Yum
Oh my, but the garden is a challenge this year! We went from the chickens eating off the plants, to the freezing temperatures, to rain almost daily! Then... the tiller started acting up, so that means more hand weeding and working the hoe! But, all that work has to wait until it's dry enough to get in the garden.


We finally have things just about under control again. 

With Sunday dinner, we finally were able to enjoy a garden fresh salad! 
Lettuce, radish, and onion! YUM!

Just look at all those onions! All one hundred of them!


We even had our first two pea pods. One for me, one for him!


Everything in the cabbage family is growing right along.


And, our pride and joy... Strawberries! 
Considering we only planted 25 plants last year, we are thrilled with the berries we are enjoying so far!


Look at the size of that strawberry!


Now, it's time to start making some strawberry treats. What's your favorite strawberry recipe?

20 comments:

  1. It looks fantastic - despite all the heartache! Your strawberries look incredible and fresh garden salads? Yes please!

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  2. Ha a pea pod each! That is fun and I am glad you are getting to harvest after such a rough start! Those berries look amazing! Our strawberry harvest is usually really good, but I think the squirrels are getting more than their fair share this year. Between that and the bird feeder we have some fat squirrels!

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    1. Lol... And, they must be some "berry" happy squirrels!

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  3. How cool! Those strawberries are looking really juicy and great!

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    1. Thanks, Angie! So excited to start baking with them!

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  4. Those strawberries! Wow! Mine just started blossoming, I'm so excited for the fruit! It's been a challenging season for me too, this weather! I've noticed my tomatoes look amazing now that we haven't had rain for 4 days. That's it, 4 days. Crazy how they can turn around. I think I'm going to try growing peas next year, I remember loving those straight out of my mom's garden when I was a kid. The garden is looking good Kris! :-)

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    1. I think you may have just cleared up a mystery for us. Our tomatoes just don't look happy. They are alive, and nothing really "wrong", just not happy. I never considered all this constant rain, and lack of sun being the problem. We finally had a dry day today, and tomorrow looks dry, so hopefully that will turn them around. Thanks so much for helping!!

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  5. Wow, you have such an incredible garden! Living in condos the last 15 years, having a garden is one of the biggest things I miss. And those strawberries...swooning :)

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    1. Thank you!! We are so proud of it! And I will never tire of picking those glorious berries!

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  6. Everything looks amazing!! I am so proud of you both. I know what hard work all that is!
    Strawberry shortcake and strawberry pie are my favorite treats. I can not wait for fresh strawberries.
    Carla

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    1. Thank You, Carla! I imagine you are just a couple weeks behind us for berries?

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  7. I'd have to say that is a nice looking garden. Got a chuckle out of the peas.
    Wow those strawberries look delicious and yes that is a huge berry. I love strawberries. Nothing beats Strawberry Shortcake in my book.

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    1. Thanks, Ida. Strawberry Shortcake will be coming up soon. And, many more berrylicious recipes :)

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  8. What a great garden, kept tidy and neat. Thanks for sharing...greetings!

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  9. Oh Kris....I am so envious of your garden. How I would love to go to my backyard to get my salad ingredients! And those strawberries are just beautiful! Can't wait to see what you do with those! : )

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    1. If you can ever get away for a summer vacation, you should come visit timed with one of our berry seasons! You would be in heaven :)

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  10. those berries are gorgeous! the ones i've been seeing here are nowhere near as deeply red. i love to make jam, and strawberry shortcake is always welcome on my plate and in my belly. :)

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    1. They were such a lovely red at the beginning of the season! They are still stunning, but not quite as deep of a red now.

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