This year’s garden was……well, interesting. With Parker sick so much this season there just wasn’t time to weed and make pretty. I’ll admit, I like straight weed free rows reminiscent of something you might find on the cover of Urban Gardening.
It started out looking grand.
Instead we had weeds up to our butts, tomato plants that kicked the bucket early, and cucumbers that never even made an appearance.
Yet I’m still full of gratitude as to what we were able to harvest. Enough tomatoes, green peppers, onions and garlic to turn into 24 Quarts of salsa. Quarts of green beans. Hubbard Squash. Spaghetti Squash. Pumpkins. Strawberries. Swiss Chard. Kale. Beets.
Mulching the strawberries.
While it won’t be enough not to have to go to the grocery store this winter, it’ enough to help make the grocery budget stretch. I’m grateful.
I’ve got a new batch of Kale and Swiss Chard planted. I’m hoping to be able to keep Parker backyard greens at least through November. We’ll see how it goes.
Until then I’ll remember this feeling of thankfulness each time I walk by my freezer and pantry.
And I’ll start dreaming of next year.