Making the Most of My Garden

Posted 08-30-2012 at 11:15 AM by whitneywalters

My family lives in southern Iowa and as everyone probably knows we are currently suffering from a major drought. Our garden took a huge hit because of this so I am doing whatever I can to make the most of the produce we are getting. This year we grew summer squash, zucchini squash, tomatoes, green, red and yellow peppers, beets, cucumbers, potatoes, pumpkins and dill.

Both of the squashes did really well even though it has been so dry. We have way more than anyone would need and I hate letting anything go to waste. We have been giving it away, making bread, cake, stirfry, adding it to pasta dishes, soup and when we get sick of eating I have been freezing it for later use.

As for the cucumbers, whatever we do not eat in cucumber salad or cucumbers with ranch, we make into pickles. We have made both refrigerator pickles and canned pickles. My family eats pickles like you would not believe so no cucumbers are going to waste here.  The dill was also used in the pickles.

My peppers do not seem to be fairing so well, if I do end up getting any I will eat some and freeze some. They freeze really well and I like using them in stir fry.

Tomatoes are doing okay, we usually do a lot better but whatever we do get will be eaten, frozen or canned. I make stewed tomatoes for soups and hot dish, they are really easy to can and it used up a lot of the tomatoes. The frozen tomatoes are perfect for making pasta sauce.

The beets and potatoes were gone within a week of harvesting. We did not have a lot of them, the drought really took its toll on them. I had planted a whole row of beets and I think we got about a dozen and only about half of the two rows of potatoes made it.

The pumpkin we have growing only has one pumpkin on it but the pumpkin is huge. We will be using it for a lot of baked goods and the seeds will be thrown out in the same spot in hopes of them growing next year.
I am really hoping that next year our garden does better. We have gotten used to having a lot of more home grown produce then what we have this year.

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2 Responses to “Making the Most of My Garden”

  1. Nerissa on August 30th, 2012 5:38 pm

    I am right there with you. Central Iowa here. I should have had peppers, tomatoes, and cucumbers galore with all that I planted. The only thing I ended up with an abundace of was onions. Tomatoes we have been able to just eat, no extra.

  2. shouldbedoinglaundry on September 3rd, 2012 6:30 am

    Thank you for sharing your garden story with us!

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