Friday, December 12, 2014

Garden - Spring 2014 - Update II

Just recently our Spring garden wrapped up for the year, and so we thought we'd show the progress since our last update in July:

Shortly after that blog post, I believe, all of the zucchini plants pretty much dried up. The corn didn't fare too well, but here is one ear we received -- not too appetizing looking, but the corn was an experiment and tasted just like corn! :)

Sweet Corn Ear


However, through the Summer, with the green beans really slowing down, the turnips continued to do well in the mulch garden beds, even though I didn't manually water them:

Garden 2014 July Turnips


And the okra started to take off too!

Okra


In September, here were some turnips I pulled to give to the piggies:

2014 September Turnips


And with things cooling by October, the green beans started taking off again:

Garden 2014 October Green Beans


While working on the house from up on the porch roof, Sue showed me some more October beans:

More Garden 2014 October Green Beans


And some turnips!

2014 October Turnips


By mid November, here is what the gardens looked like:

Mid November 2014 Garden Green Beans & Okra
Mid November 2014 Garden Tomatoes


But, the cold was coming, and we covered with blankets as much as we could, which was almost everything. However, after several nights, most everything didn't make it:

Okra After Freeze Nights
Tomatoes After Freeze Nights


...except for this late-germinating zucchini. But, a few weeks later, this even succumbed to the cold:

Late Germinated Zucchini


And here is the last bean and tomato haul after the freezing nights:

Final Green Beans & Tomatoes Haul


And a final, nostalgic look at the gardens with the blankets hanging to dry:

Final Look At Garden With Drying Blankets


And finally, the Lord also granted some pecans again from our pecan trees!

2014 Pecans Haul


We are very grateful to God for His gracious and merciful provisions from the garden this year, the successes and failures, and learning more about gardening and mulch garden beds. We look forward to the next growing season, if the Lord wills it to see us to that point -- the season of new life after the time of cold and death, much like a cold, dead soul being brought forth in new life by the work of the Holy Spirit.

-- David

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