|The fruits of my labor...|
But back to this summer's hard work- I didn't do it just for shits and giggles (dude, what's with the potty mouth today? so unlike me...). I do enjoy gardening, but if I did it for pure enjoyment I'd probably have a modest and easy to care for 15 x 15 plot, not the massive (and expanding) 50 x 50 garden I have. It's a lot of work to keep up with (less than you would think, but still quite a lot). But I had a goal- I wanted to grow as much food as possible to sustain my family. Not just enough for a few salads and BLT's over the summer- I'm talking at least a hundred pounds of potatoes, quarts and quarts and quarts of canned tomato products, canned fruits and jellies, frozen beans and zucchini, dried and canned beans, fermented pickles and sauerkraut from home grown cukes and cabbage... as well as jellies and pickles to give as gifts over the next several months. And for the most part I've accomplished this.
I've still got quite a few things to bring in from the garden, and very soon I will have fall crops to harvest as well (and overwintering crops to plant...). But I've been thinking about what in the heck I'm going to post about over the winter. The bulk of my posts this summer have been about either my garden, putting up food from my garden, or chickens. And I can only post so much about how cold and miserable my chickens are. So I've been brainstorming some topics.
- Baking Bread (I've been promising this one for a while- it's coming soon, I promise!). If I can figure out how to work bread into a series, I'll be all over it.
- Soup- I may do a weekly or bi-weekly soup recipe. Because I stinkin' love soup and can't get enough of it.
- Homemade Christmas gifts.
- Easy crafts for the home (because I only do easy crafts...).
So, at least for the first few months (and probably not starting this week, but soon) I will try to post my meal plan, my shopping list (if there is anything) and maybe a recipe or two from the week. It will give me some sense of accountability and possibly inspire others to grow and preserve, or at least to eat local.