Thursday, November 29, 2018

Garden - Fall 2018

Since our last garden update, we thought we'd show how the garden has progressed through a difficult drought. With lots of heat and little rain in the Summer, the plants struggled, but coming into Fall, the Lord graciously granted some good rains, to Whom we are thankful.

Here's a recap of the garden goings-on...

Okra

Okra always does very well:

Okra


But even this year, they struggled, and dropped their leaves early, which is quite unusual. Normally, they stop producing when the freezes come, but it was different this year:

Dried Up Okra Plants


But we are thankful to God for what He granted! And here are some of them preserved in apple cider vinegar:

Okra Preserved in Apple Cider Vinegar


Sweet Potatoes

This year, I planted them in our original garden area. Between the rains, and with hard freezes coming, it was time to get them out of the ground. Here are the main plants the day of:

Sweet Potato Plants


And some volunteer ones from last year:

Volunteer Sweet Potato Plant

Another Volunteer Sweet Potato Plant


Here's Sue helping dig them out:

Harvesting Sweet Potatoes


The uncollected harvest:

Harvested Sweet Potatoes


And then what the Lord graciously granted! It seems less than last year and they are quite a bit smaller, but I put them in a garden that has had only one mulch layer put down, and we went through one of our worst heat spells and droughts this year, so besides the fact that God doesn't have to grant anything if He doesn't want to, we are thankful for what He did, with food coming directly from Him!

Bucket of Sweet Potatoes


Now it's 3 weeks of hardening out in the open, and then 6 weeks into the root cellar, each individually wrapped in newspaper for sweetening! Yum!


Garlic

Since we had a garlic harvest last season, we saved some for planting this year, and completed that process recently too. I believe this is our first time of replanting our own!

Here is the beautiful soil the Lord composted over the last year, into which we planted the garlic cloves:

Compost Pile

Composted Soil


And a newer pile we had started:

Newer Compost Pile


And here are the garlic plants starting to sprout up!

Garlic Plants


We pray for God's provisions from these next year, as He wills.


Around the Garden

Here are some other things currently growing in the garden...

The Goji berry plant:

Gogi Berry Plant


The blackberries, which died back, but started growing from the roots again:

Blackberry Plant

Another Blackberry Plant


Our little volunteer squash plant. I cover it with double blankets most nights :) :

Volunteer Squash Plant


A volunteer tomato plant. It had little flowers on it, but sadly,even covered with blankets, didn't make it because of the cold:

Volunteer Tomato Plant


Free prickly lettuce:

Volunteer Prickly Lettuce


And a volunteer turnip:

Volunteer Turnip Plant


And finally, I thought I would include here the last from the orchard, this year's pecans. Once again, I think the drought really made things struggle:

Pecans


But, as always, we are very thankful to the Lord for granting all these provisions! May we be humbled He even considers giving these things at all, and may we be satisfied with, and thankful for, what He does. And may He grant us to be fruitful followers of Him as well!

-- David

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