Our “Victory Garden”
(Day #20: 30-Day Blog Challenge)
Michael and I started our vegetable garden 13 years ago and it’s been a tradition from there on out. I don’t think that I could imagine a summer without our own home grown vegetables. While it is not a traditional “Victory Garden” in the same sense, as it was during both World Wars, we like to think of it that way. We are providing for ourselves without having to rely on others for our food. Granted we still buy most of our groceries at the store but at least we save a big chunk of money buy growing our own produce. (for the most part – we still buy a lot of fruit)
Our garden used to be 12′ x 20′ and located in the front part our backyard but we decided last year that we should move it to the far back, so Shawn would have more play space. So in the Spring of 2012, Michael and I removed every bit of the garden and rebuilt it in the far back. It was a 2 day process and such hard work but it was so worth it. We have lots more space up front (between Michael’s workshop and the house) for a new garden bed and play area.
Shawn LOVES to help out in the garden beds. He plants, pulls weeds and can’t wait to pick the veggies when they’re ripe. He has his own little garden tools and gloves and is right out there with me. I love spending time with him in the garden.
Over the years we have grown many different things from tomatoes, green bell peppers, peas, green beans, carrots, cauliflower, broccoli, watermelon, raspberries, strawberries, cucumbers, and pumpkins. Some things have turned out super good and we still continue to grow them and others not so much. We have downsized dramatically because we were producing more than we could handle but we still have quite an overflow of tomatoes.
Here is Shawn after we did a lot of picking of broccoli (which I can’t get to grow any larger than this) and tomatoes last summer.
Here are a bunch of yummy ripe tomatoes that I just picked the other day. The weather has been too rainy and not hot enough and it’s taking a serious toll on the garden. We haven’t gotten but 1 cucumber this season and the tomatoes are taking forever to ripen. It’s driving us nuts but that’s how it goes. You never know what you’re going to get from one year to the next.
We get a lot of people asking if we can any of our produce and the answer is no, we don’t. I would love to but honestly, I just don’t have the time to do it. I want to, I really do but right now I just can’t fit it into my schedule. So right now, we just eat it fresh and if we grow too much we give it away to our neighbors and family. Michael does like to make sauce on occasion with the millions of tomatoes that we grow each year. It tastes SO good!
I thought I would also show off a digital scrapbook page that I created in 2012 about our garden as well. (Shawn looks super skinny in the photo but I swear he really isn’t. lol)
We are really big on becoming more self sufficient and we have rain barrels, we compost too and you can read all about it HERE!