I have some lofty goals for my garden this year. I'm so glad the setting up, digging trenches, making raised beds part is done.
This year, I got a taste of what it was like to have garden veggies spring, summer, fall, and through winter. We are just starting to have to go to the store to supplement vegetables.
Still in stock are
Winter squash- holding up well in our cold basement storage room
Canned pickles, jam, tomatoes
Dehydrated carrots, peppers, and zucchini
I wasn't sure how the dehydrated stuff would taste because I'd never had rehydrated veggies but it's worked great! We use our peppers frequently in fajitas and chili.
So on to the goals part-
My goal is to grow enough vegetables to feed us year round. We eat a lot of vegetables on a daily basis so it will be challenging!
I'm working on the fruit - but there is just no way I could get close to growing all the fruit we eat with the small area we have.
Why grow all our own veggies?
After being married for a few years I started to hate shopping at the grocery store (it just so happens that we had a child around this time haha). The less time I have to spend there- the better.
Gardening is one of my things that helps me stay happy. It is really good medicine for depression for me (that and my art).
I read Animal, Vegetable, Miracle for the second time. The first time I read it, it didn't quite hit me like it did recently. If you haven't read it, it is about a family who grows/buys all their food locally for 1 year.
The "fresh" out of season vegetables from the store taste disgusting to me- ie. tasteless, grainy tomatoes, cucumbers with whatever slime they put on the skin (you know what I'm talking about).
I like to be healthy
I can grow everything organically
I finally have the space that I think I can do it.
I have loads of recipes and feel a lot more confident about being able to use whats on hand than I used to. The challenge will be how much to grow of everything. On that score, I have no clue how much we will use and how much I should put up. I think that piece of the puzzle will take a few years to shake out.
I'm hoping I can keep up with the blogging aspect so I can keep a better record of what gets ripe when, how much I harvest, what's working and whats not. Having a garden is difficult for me in some ways because nature throws at you insects, small animals, disease and the list goes on. I am a recovering perfectionist and sometimes thats hard to take. But I'll try my best to put on here good and bad- my mistakes and successes- because thats all part of the journey.
Here's to a good year of lots of home-grown food!