Sharing a little glimpse of my garden that makes me happy.
Wishing you a very peaceful day.
Once again this year, I’ll be sharing little glimpses of our gardens. Although so much is growing all the time, there is always a little moment every week that makes me smile extra wide and this is what I want to share with you.
August? How did August happen? Did anyone else see it coming? I sure didn’t.
We are starting to really be in the thick of it now. We are harvesting pounds of food everyday for preservation and loving it. There is something different about this year, we can’t quite put our finger on it, but we feel like for the first time since we started growing and preserving food, we might actually make it through almost all of winter. And not only because we stocked up at the farmer’s market, but because we are actually growing food. Not veggies, food… Feeding ourselves, our children. It is an amazing shift. When we made our new year intentions on January 1st, we had a clear goal : We were stepping up to the plate, embarking on this homesteading journey with short and long-term goals and I couldn’t be happier with the progress we’ve made so far.
One of the greatest achievements? These beautiful root veggies. They are not the biggest or the most perfect, but they are ours! We’ve never been able to grow root vegetable before. Maybe the soil, the wrong time planting them, the wrong varieties? All I know is that this year, although we will not have enough to put aside so we will still have to visit our dear local farmers to can, freeze and dehydrate some goodies for the colder months, we have been picking beets and carrots every day for meals. The kiddos have been walking around the yard with beautiful white, yellow and orange carrots in their hands, tasting summer, being healthy. And that, my dear friends, is why I do it!
How is your garden growing?
Little side note. I know I’ve been very quiet this week, but please do not worry, it is for very good reasons. Thank to my lovely friend, I was invited to participate in a wonderful online workshop called HARVEST. We have just finished week 1 and I cannot even start to describe the feeling of empowerment and community I’ve felt through all the lessons, videos, ebooks and open discussion forums. The workshop (although closed right now, but do watch for it next year if they decide to repeat the experience) is all about preserving the harvest and I’ve learned so much. As we speak, I’m dehydrating pounds of greens, zucchini and herbs, I’m blanching and freezing vegetables and have even taken my first steps into lacto-fermentation by starting my very own crock of sauerkraut. So if I’m quiet again next week, you will know why. Since I’m trying to limit my screen time daily, the workshop has been taking first seat. I can’t wait to share with you some of the things I’ve learned after the 2nd week is over.
Wishing you all a wonderful week-end!