Thursday, October 22, 2009

Harvest

We have had so much fun this year with our first garden ever!
We are especially proud of Lydia, who planned it all and did much of the work of it:)
She worked really hard digging up a large section of grass, making furrows, researching when and how to plant seeds, and then weeding, watering, etc.
These are all pumpkins from our garden. The green ones will still turn orange in a little while.
Timothy and Joseph got into picking the last bit of corn!


And these are the last of the tomatoes we brought in the garage before the first frost.
Lydia heard that you can hang them upside down, and they will still ripen even after being pulled out of the ground. It does work!
We had way more tomatoes than we knew what to do with!
Before we started our garden, people told us that tomatoes are fairly hard to grow around here . . . maybe because of a fairly short growing season????
Anyway, Lydia got online and read an article from a tomato expert, and he suggested cutting most of the stems/leaves off of each plant before it flowers (leaving only the top stems and leaves). This must allow the plant to put more energy into producing the flowers that end up being the tomatoes!
We don't know for sure, but we think this was the secret to our success!
Next year, Lydia wants to do some canning!!!
No pictured . . . green beans, broccoli, a few herbs and tons of zucchini!!!




3 comments:

LEE said...

Lydia,
You did a fantastic job in the garden.

What a bunch of pumpkins. And the tomatoes.

The corn looks great. I bet everything tastes great.

Mighty proud of you young lady.

Grandpa

quadgranny said...

Lydia, you are amazing!!! What a nice garden you had. Think I will move in next door so I can help you eat some of that. Nothing better than home grown tomatoes!!!
Sounds like Lydia found the secret for growing tomatoes as well as many other good things to eat!!!

Canning will be a great way to enjoy those veggies into the winter months. Did you make pumpkin pie from your pumpkins yet??

Much love, Meemom

Kelley said...

We are all so impressed Lydia! You are growing amazing veggies! Now if you could just figure out how to grow cupcakes on the vine!!! :)~

What a treasure! I'm so proud of you!

Love,
Aunt Kelley

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