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#233750 - 10/14/11 04:48 PM Garden pics 2011
dougwalkabout Offline
Crazy Canuck
Carpal Tunnel

Registered: 02/03/07
Posts: 2741
Loc: Alberta, Canada
Hey guys, I'm taking out the last of my garden. Thought you might enjoy a few pics (hope I didn't size them too small). These give a small hint at the wealth of fresh vegetables and fruit we've enjoyed over the past four months, not to mention the amount of surplus taken by friends, family, and colleagues.

Caution: persons who are hungry for real food should consult a physician before viewing this post. grin

Waiting for spring -- we can't do much planting before late May:

The garden in early July:

Garden in fall:

One of our five apple trees; all were loaded this year:

Last of the apples (we gave away something like 40 gallons this year, and as much ended up on the ground; we couldn't keep up):

Last of the squash, onions, and potatoes:

Last of the tomatoes -- again, we gave away buckets of these:

Scarlet runner bean seeds (pole beans) drying for next year; wonder if they're usable as plain ol' dry beans?

Other garden loot now in the larder (no pics yet):

27 quarts of home-made dill pickles
15 jars of zucchini relish
20+ jars of home-made jam (saskatoon-rhubarb, strawberry-rhubarb, raspberry)
2 gallons of sweet-and-hot pickles, refrigerated
2 gallons of beets, refrigerated
15 quarts of spiced apple juice
5 gallons of raspberries, frozen
5 gallons of saskatoons, frozen
3-4 gallons of rhubarb, frozen
5 or 6 home-made apple pies, frozen and ready for the oven.

To do today: dig, wash, and store the carrots and parsnips.


Edited by dougwalkabout (10/14/11 04:50 PM)

#233752 - 10/14/11 05:03 PM Re: Garden pics 2011 [Re: dougwalkabout]
Susan Offline

Registered: 01/21/04
Posts: 5163
Loc: W. WA
Gorgeous, Doug! Flat out GORGEOUS!

And yes, scarlet runner beans are completely edible, tasting like butter beans when dry/cooked. But they do lose their marbled coloring and turn grey.

Did you grow any other kind of beans?


#233756 - 10/14/11 05:49 PM Re: Garden pics 2011 [Re: dougwalkabout]
Hikin_Jim Offline

Registered: 10/12/07
Posts: 1804
Loc: Southern California
Nice! I'll be right over for supper. smile

Adventures In Stoving

#233761 - 10/14/11 07:45 PM Re: Garden pics 2011 [Re: dougwalkabout]
Blast Offline
Carpal Tunnel

Registered: 07/15/02
Posts: 3561
Loc: Spring, Texas
So very jealous. frown
Here's my yard/garden as of last week.
Blogging the Borderlands
Wild Edibles Blog
I miss OBG.

#233763 - 10/14/11 08:31 PM Re: Garden pics 2011 [Re: dougwalkabout]
LED Offline

Registered: 09/01/05
Posts: 1474
Wow. Pretty amazing place you got there.

#233767 - 10/14/11 11:31 PM Re: Garden pics 2011 [Re: dougwalkabout]
Susan Offline

Registered: 01/21/04
Posts: 5163
Loc: W. WA
That's a good-looking place you've got there, Blast! I'll bet your girls have a real... uh... good time there.

Labyrinth... I heard your opossum got lost in there.


#233769 - 10/14/11 11:39 PM Re: Garden pics 2011 [Re: dougwalkabout]
RayW Offline

Registered: 12/06/01
Posts: 553
Loc: Orlando, FL
Cool garden, makes me hungry just looking at it.

#233773 - 10/15/11 03:24 AM Re: Garden pics 2011 [Re: dougwalkabout]
dougwalkabout Offline
Crazy Canuck
Carpal Tunnel

Registered: 02/03/07
Posts: 2741
Loc: Alberta, Canada
Thanks, I appreciate the feedback. This has been many years in the making.

We've done pretty well considering it's zone 3a with an average of 140 frost-free days per year.

It's a lot of work, but I don't know what I'd do with myself otherwise. I guess I'd be bumming around in the mountains someplace.

#233789 - 10/15/11 09:05 PM Re: Garden pics 2011 [Re: dougwalkabout]

Registered: 02/03/07
Posts: 1838
SUPER!..now thats the kind of garden that you can really get what you need out of.we have a 4x8 tomato patch on our city lot in Minneapolis--thats way down South too you--and tomato's and peppers for summer salads is about all we can get out of it..which is ok.if you could keep a beef cow or two way in the back you would be all set..chickens???..

Edited by CANOEDOGS (10/15/11 09:05 PM)

#233838 - 10/17/11 02:53 AM Re: Garden pics 2011 [Re: dougwalkabout]
Aussie Offline

Registered: 11/12/10
Posts: 205
Loc: Australia
That's fantastic Doug. Its really inspirational to see such bounty from all your hard work.

But about those apples - you need to read up on cider making ! The apples on the ground are perfect for cider making, preferable infact !

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