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Goodbye, Garden!

October 9th, 2022 at 08:57 pm

T'was a sad sight this week; we pulled up the garden. I can't truly express how much we gained from our little plot. 

A person I knew one time informed me that those tomatoes I had canned were free -- we got them from our garden. I pointed out that we purchased the tomato plants, bought some top soil to enrich the soil, fertilized them, kept them watered and weeded, and then there was the work of canning them, not to mention the jars, lids, and equipment. Free? I don't think so? But I truly believe in my mind a superior product to what I can purchase off the grocery shelf. 

I know we realized a lot of good things from the garden this year -- tomatoes, bell peppers, radishes, onions, and herbs. Some did better than others, but overall, we were blessed to have a good year. I canned tomatoes and made spaghetti sauce, froze the chopped bell peppers, and have been using the onions. I have the herbs drying. We had so much Basil that I decided to make Basil salt as a finishing salt and will package it up and give it as part of Christmas gifts this year. I gave some to a friend to try who likes to grill and he liked it so I figured it was a success. I know we've enjoyed using it. 

My failure was lettuce. I planted it three times and it didn't come up any of those times. I even bought a different packet of seeds for the third planting. Oh, well. Maybe next year!

It's interesting that almost every site that talks about being frugal, it says grow a garden if you can. I wonder as food prices may continue to climb if the past few months are any indication, will we see more gardens?

4 Responses to “Goodbye, Garden!”

  1. Wink Says:

    I'm not a gardener, but my dad was. I remember helping him as a kid and it is a lot of work, but so worth the effort! There is no comparison to fresh from the garden fruits and veggies.

  2. My English Castle Says:

    The day I dump the plants always seems a bit sad. My herbs are inside now, but maybe will get a brief few days in the sun as it's supposed to be warm

  3. CB in the City Says:

    My FIL was an amazing gardener (and he lived in central Illinois!) I have so many good memories of the produce from his garden. My husband and I tried gardening, but with two little ones, and my husband (now ex) being married to his job, the garden suffered and we eventually gave up. Now, of course, I cannot garden at all. Perhaps I could put a tomato plant on my landing, but it would have to be cherry tomatoes! The spot is so small, and a good wind could knock a pot right off the shelf. So I buy produce.

  4. LuckyRobin Says:

    I'm letting stuff go until the temps kill them off. Almost everything has been harvested now but a couple things are still chugging along.

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