Saturday, September 18, 2010

Fall Garden Time

In a couple of days it will be offficially fall.  The summer has gone by so fast, I really wasn't ready for the change in season, just yet.  But, time marches on and time to get ready for cooler weather.
 In the garden I've picked all the onions and chopped them with my hand held food blender and then put them in a tupperware container in small sandwich bags ready for cold weather soups and casseroles. I learned this year that when you plant onions they need to be seperated and not planted in clumps.  Result was my onions didn't get as big as I would have liked because they were crowded.
 I've been picking my herbs and then putting them in ice cube trays and freezing after adding water over them.  I then put the cubes in a large gallon baggie for storage in the freezeer. Works great as I can just add a cube or two to the dinner I'm preparing over the winter months. Speaking of herbs, my spaghetti sauce I canned was so tasty after using fresh basil from the garden.  Much better than the dried that I'm used to.
  I'm still picking lots of tomatoes, zucchini and yellow squash, but I've noticed the plants are looking a little wilted and at the last of their production cycle, yet there are still many green tomatoes.  Last week I shredded some of the zucchini and made bread, which I will be doing, again, this week and then freezing the loaves. 

My onions all ready for the freezer, the hand held blender makes the chopping so easy!

My one and only pumpkin, pretty small, but there is still time for more growing.
One of the Butternut squashes, I think.

My pickings for today, a huge bowl of tomatoes and squash.
My herbs ready for the freezer.
The winter squash are growing nicely and I'm excited to have quite a few of them this year.  I like to cook them in the oven and add brown sugar and butter, so delicious.  I have one little pumpkin growing, I wonder how big it will get before I have to pick it.  For some reason, I had many flower on the vine, but only one made it.  I will be looking  up tips on growing pumpkins for next year's garden.  Oh, well,  I still have so much to learn.  I wish I had learned to garden as a young wife, I would really have a lot of knowledge by now.

1 comment:

Tiffanee said...

Thanks for the BRILLIANT ideas for preserving the summer goodness!!