This is a journal of my vegetable gardens. Skippy was my first dog and he thought the garden was his, even though I did all the work. Now Suzie and Charley follow in his footsteps. We're located near Boston (USDA zone 6A). I have a community plot, a backyard vegetable garden, fruit trees, berry bushes, chickens, and bees. I use sustainable organic methods and do my best to grow all of my family's vegetables myself.

Saturday, January 25, 2014

january larder

2014 January larder 067 I have a pretty minimal larder this year. Mostly because I spent more time cleaning the house and seeding the grass so we could sell our house last summer. The good news is - we have a beautiful new home. And the bad news - I have to go to the grocery store a lot more than I'd like.

I have a good supply of garlic - I got that crop in the ground before we started the home-selling stuff. Its really nice, with big cloves and holding fine (even though we don't have a cool place to store it - that's another story: our new house doesn't have a basement yet. We'll build one this spring.)

I also have a couple nice shallots left. (I grew shallots for the first time last year and was really pleased with these. I'll grow them again this year.) I have a lot of dried chilis. I grow a cayenne and a Thai hot chili every year. These thin-walled chilis air dry easily on a plate my counter top. I also have a couple bags of dried herbs. These are plants I cropped short when we left our old house. I have dill, sage and oregano.

And I have a little bowlful of dried beans. I tried to grow crops of Jacobs Cattle beans and black turtle beans, but only ended few of the former. And, then I grew Fortex green beans, but didn't harvest them in time so they matured and dried. So I have a fairly unattractive and very small bowl of dried beans. Nevertheless, I'm saving them and looking forward to a special chili meal. 2014 January larder 058 2014 January larder 049 I do have great plans for next year's larder (“A garden is never so good as it will be next year" - Thomas Cooper ). I am hoping for shelves full of canned fruits, tomatoes, pickles, dried chilis and herbs, baskets full of potatoes, sweet potatoes, squashes and dried beans, a fridge full of beets, cabbages and carrots, and maybe even a freezer with pesto and roasted peppers. OK, a few winter radishes too for my martinis....



Anonymous Rebecca said...

Where do you get all the seeds for you garden? I have a fantastic source for seeds that are all organic, heirloom, and non-gmo so you are able to save and reuse the seeds year after year! For years I have always used Todd's Seeds and have had great luck with them. Just thought I'd recommend to you as I LOVE your blog.

January 27, 2014 12:38 PM

Blogger GardenMom said...

I had a light garden year too, because of our new baby. Can't wait for spring to get started on next year's larder!

January 28, 2014 8:35 PM

Blogger Connie said...

I hear you. We also moved, and spent a lot of time clearing out our pantry & freezer. We didn't have a garden before, but we'd still put up a lot of things from the farmer's market. But this next year will be different!

January 29, 2014 5:37 AM


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