Yep, that’s right, it’s time to get your hands dirty. If you’ve left your garden unattended for a while, apart from the odd mow of the lawn here and there, we guarantee it is ready for some TLC. Garden’s are always the last to get the attention, and it’s pretty sad. There’s so much potential to a garden, and so many things you can put in it to make it beautiful. All you need to do is harness your inner gardening abilities, and find a vision that you know is going to look good. If you’re struggling with ideas, we’ve got a few for you. Read on to find out more.
It’s only the middle of August, but already I’m looking towards garden clean out and fall work. With a baby …
As I mentioned here, once the first of the produce starts getting close to being harvested, I'm busy planning for garden preserving!
Garden Preserving – A Marathon, Not A Race
This means from the middle of July until about the end of September, my kitchen looks like a (very ill-managed) factory! The canner takes up permanent residence on my stove and my dishwasher is constantly loaded with all sorts of garden preserving utensils.
It's getting to that time of year when we're all closely monitoring our gardens in great anticipation of that first harvest of some yummy produce. I'm talking the stuff we have to really wait for – beans, carrots, peppers, tomatoes, corn and potatoes – not the quick-to-grow veggies like lettuce and radishes!
The Harvest Issue
It seems to take FOREVER to get everything in to harvest and process! From about mid-late July until we pull the last of the potatoes out in September or October, I'm busy picking, blanching, freezing, canning, and preparing. Phew!
Since we try to use every last bit of produce and not let any go to waste, it can get pretty crazy 'round here trying to get the harvest done and processed before it spoils.
Over the years, I've slowly become more and more aware of the craziness, and more and more adamant about efficiency (in every aspect of our lives). So, I've figured out a few ways to save some time and stress during garden harvest.