….or something close anyway. Over at Daddy Bear’s Den he was talking about what they did with the produce they got from a neighbor and a farmers market nearby, and it reminded me of what I’ve been slowly working my way towards.
The garden this year is only producing jalapeno peppers as they, rhubarb, and the berry plants were the only things planted. The berrys won’t produce till next year at the earliest, but once they do we’ll have a very nice selection to pick from assuming the critters don’t eat them all. We’re thinking we’ll probly pickle the jalapenos as the 3 plants are producing lots and lots. On a side note, I saw a comment somewhere online about digging up hot pepper plants just before 1st frost and potting them inside for the winter, then replanting them in the spring. Anyone done this, or know any specifics I’d need to know about doing so? Or if, once potted I could just leave them potted and set them into the garden area or onto the porch?
What we do have lots of are home grown pears and apples. There are two pear trees and four apple trees (two each of two different types). We didn’t bother with pesticides or anything this year (and probly won’t ever), and all the fruit trees are in desperate need of pruning, and so the apples are looking decidedly iffy. Not sure how many good ones we’re going to get out of them. But the pears….we’re already eating pears, and sharing them around. I’m thinking I’m going to try my hand at canning them so we’ll have some for the winter.
Next year I’d like to get more in the way of vegetables growing. Not sure how much, or what kinds yet, mostly as the beds aren’t put together yet. I’d been planning on putting in a set of raised beds this summer to work with next summer. Traditional beds, lumber rectangles about 1′ high, but then I saw this over at Smartdogs, and it got me thinking. I LIKE that idea. I know Helene does something similer with old fridges and freezers, but I’m pretty sure my neighbors wouldn’t appreciate that, but the galvanized tubs I could do. Plus those could go closer to the house cause they won’t interfere with the septic system. The only big downside is those tubs are expensive, and well, money’s an issue, anyone know of a cheap source?