Fruits of our labor

Fruits of our labor

Hi all. Just wanted to share our bounty. This was my first year gardening EVAH. We started homesteading as much as we could. We call it our "recession garden." hehe We planted green beans which failed. We planted corn which failed. We planted snow peas which failed. The good news was the tomatoes and cucumbers were fantastic! We also had a great raspberry crop. The honey you will see in the picture is from my husband's apiary. He got about 400 pounds this year. It might seem like a lot but he has eight hives. You get about 100# a hive so we should have had 700-800 pounds. Three of his hives were weak (not the Colony Collapse...just normal natural cycles) so we had to nurse them. All the honey they made they kept. Next year should be a full crop so long as they all survive the winter (all of them did last year). In regard to veggies, we figured out what worked and what didn't and next year we'll plant the cukes and tomatoes as well as some bell peppers. We started to compost this year so next year we'll have great fertilizer. It is so satisfying to be able to provide for the family in a way different from just buying. I sew the children's summer clothes. My husband trades honey for his kinsman's grass fed free range beef. One of my friends spins the wool from her Icelandic sheep (in Maine) and she trades the blankets I make for sweaters. Anyway, enough gushing. This is just the kitchen basket. I've been trading and canning the tomatoes. The cukes are great. They grow about 2 every week. Not too fast. Hubby at the apiary Photobucket My daughter's bed quilt Photobucket One of my daughter's summer dresses Photobucket
TROUBLE!

TROUBLE!

Unknown citrus tree?

Unknown citrus tree?

my grandfathers garden

my grandfathers garden

Current state of (container) garden.

Current state of (container) garden.

Savory Chicken Crescents

Savory Chicken Crescents

Wedding seed for favors!

Wedding seed for favors!