{Update #7} Our First Garden

Good morning, friend! I hope you’re having a great week so far! It’s been a busy but fun one for us because of vacation Bible school (Eden’s first, and she’s loving it!), so today I’m just going to give a quick update on how our garden’s doing, because I have to get everyone ready and on time for VBS in a little bit. So here ya go!

~Courtney Faith

 ^Not our garden, but this growing cotton field next to our place is so pretty in the early mornings, I had to snap a picture! It’s going to be simply gorgeous later this summer when it turns white. I LOVE living in The Land of Cotton. We may not get much snow around here, but every year we get to see dozens of fields nearby that look like beautiful snow, and without the dreadful cold temperatures! ^Grape tomatoes! Can’t wait to start putting these in my salads.  ^Okra! ^Squash blooms! ^Little squash! Just a couple days or so and we’ll be able to start picking. Can’t wait! ^We strung up our cucumber vines so they’ll have something to run on. We have a few blooms but no veggies from it yet.  ^Little ears of corn! About 1/4 of our stalks got laid down when we had a lot of wind and rain from the tropical storm, but it’s straightening back up some on its own so I don’t think there was any damage. ^Pumpkin blooms! We have five of these plants and they have pretty much overtaken the whole left side of our garden area!^The watermelon’s blooming!^The right side view of the garden. ^Beans on the left, tomatoes on the right. 

{Update #6} Our First Garden

Our garden is producing a lot more these days! 

We picked our first tomato this week (the two before that, a worm beat us to them). I’ve got hot peppers running out of my ears so I started freezing them. Our bell and sweet peppers are doing really well too. My fennel has gotten big and I’ve been wondering what to do with it (I just planted it for fun), and a friend of mine told me she puts it in her smoothies so I’m looking forward to try that. The rabbits are still a bit of a problem, but we have actually gotten several beans from our bushes, so take that, wascally wabbits! 

My in-laws came over this past weekend and helped us put up sour kraut in an antique crock that’s been in the family at least four generations. I’ve made kraut before, but never this way, so it was a fun new experience! We put up about thirty-five pounds of cabbage (10 heads), and now we wait about a month for it to ferment and then we’ll can it. I’m super excited to get to eat it when it’s ready! 

The squash was planted a bit late, but it’s blooming now so it won’t be long before we start to get that. The watermelon, cucumber, and pumpkin plants are also getting pretty big. We finally thinned out our okra plants, and it’s looking like we’ll have a huge amount of that coming in. The corn has shot up (taller than me now!) and we harvested two huge bunches of broccoli, which were delicious. 

That’s about it, I guess. Here are the pictures I took this morning!

^Eden by the broccoli, bean, and tomato plants. ^Beans and tomatoes. ^Grape tomato and okra plants. ^Eden standing by the corn rows. ^Corn tassels. ^Squash blooms. ^Cucumber plants. ^Watermon plants. ^Five pumpkin plants and our compost pile. ^Beefsteak tomato!^I couldn’t resist taking a picture of this caterpillar. ^Okra blooms. ^Carrying the veggies for Mommy!^Front to back: carrots and lettuce in raised bed, tomatoes, broccoli, okra, tomatoes, corn. 

^We gathered a bunch of broccoli already, but here’s another sprouting up. 

In case you’ve missed the first garden posts, here are the links to them:

Have a great day!

~Courtney

{Update #5} Our First Garden

I meant to post this update with pictures on Saturday, but unfortunately that didn’t happen. Better late than never, though, I guess. 

Our little garden is growing rapidly now and we’ll soon be picking our cabbage and canning some kraut, and when the tomatoes ripen I’m hoping to also can them. The beans are still getting snatched by bunnies, but they’re blooming now so hopefully we’ll harvest more of them than our pests will! Having the tomato plants beside the raised bed is my only regret with this year’s garden. They have gotten so big and bushy that I couldn’t very well reach half of my spinach and lettuce! Last week I wound up thinning out the lettuce I couldn’t get to and pulling up the spinach I can’t reach without crawling through a tomato bush (not easy!). A lot of the spinach had also gotten blown over and was going to kill my fennel, so something had to be done with it anyway. Our broccoli finally has put on, so I’m relieved. The squash has gotten huge, and we planted grape tomatoes and bell peppers (maybe I mentioned that in the last update but I can’t remember). 

This amateur gardener is learning a LOT this year, but a sweet lady told me the other day that I take after my Mawmaw (who’s a master gardener if there ever was one!), so that was a huge compliment (and definitely a stretch because I am nowhere near being as good at gardening or as knowledgeable as she is!) but it was such a sweet thing to hear! Maybe I’ve got those gardener genes in me somewhere and someday they’ll show. 

But that’s all I have for today, except, of course, some pictures!

Have a great day!

~Courtney



{Update #4} Our First Garden

Here’s a quick update and a few pictures of our garden. We’re still getting lettuce, spinach, and peppers. The tomato plants are so full of fruit so when they ripen we’re gonna have plenty! 

Today we planted more tomato plants (this time some grape and cherry tomatoes), bell peppers, and we gave another shot at some more bush bean seeds. We’ll see how they do, and hopefully the rabbits won’t take them over like they did the peas. (Hubby has shot two rabbits so far, but we know there’s at least one more either living in our yard somewhere or close by.)

I also planted some peppermint in an old ice cream maker bucket and I’m super excited about that! Growing up, we had a flower bed full of peppermint and I would love to do that someday, but until we own a house I’ll keep it contained in a pot. It’s a small plant at the moment but I know they grow really fast, so once it spreads some I’ll put it on the front porch beside the door for a nice, welcoming decoration. 

That’s about all there is to update you on right now, so here are some snapshots I took yesterday evening. 

Have a great day!

~Courtney Faith

{Update #2} Our First Garden

Our garden grew a lot in the four days we were gone on vacation! We were excited to find how big the tomato plants and cabbages have gotten, how much the lettuce and spinach have grown, and the squash has sprouted. We were having trouble before with bunnies eating our peas and cabbage, but they seemed to have left it alone while we were gone, thankfully.

Our tomato plants now have little green tomatoes growing on them (about golf ball size), so it won’t be much longer now for those BLTs! The pepper plants have small peppers on them too, and the corn is much higher this week than when we left it.

My lettuce patch is much fuller now, but what with it being a mixture of seeds I planted, I’ve been slightly unsure whether some of it is actually lettuce or maybe weeds. I guess I’ll figure that out once it gets a little bigger.

Here are some pictures I took after we got home, to see the changes in our little garden.

Have a great day!
~Courtney Faith


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{Update #1} Our First Garden

We’ve had lots (and lots!) of rain recently, and plenty of sun the past few days, so everything in the garden has really shot up and is looking really great so far. The tomato and pepper plants have blooms on them now, the cabbage plants are huge, the peas are growing fast, and the carrots, spinach, lettuce, and fennel are sprouting up too. The other things we’ve planted are popping up, and it’s really starting to look like a good Summer garden now.

We’re super excited to be gathering food from our own back yard, and I’m so thankful we have this opportunity to show our daughter about God’s earth and how He makes it all grow.

 

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Eden by her garden.


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Sprouting!


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Carrots, lettuce, and spinach are popping up!

 

 

 

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Peppers, broccoli, cabbage, peas, beans, tomatoes, and the raised bed.


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Cabbage and broccoli.


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Tomatoes!


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“Clothes on the clothesline hangin’ in the sunshine, a garden growin ‘ in the ground.” -Josh Turner, “Way Down South”

Have a great day!

~Courtney Faith

 

Fresh Asparagus Soup

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Good morning! Today I’m sharing with you a recipe I tried for the first time this past Sunday. I recently got a cookbook with fresh veggies and fruits recipes, and this was one that I thought looked delicous — and it was! (Plus, it has sour cream in it, so that pretty much guarantees yumminess in my opinion.) I hope you enjoy it!

1 lb. fresh asparagus
2 cups chicken broth
1/2 cup chopped onion
1 garlic clove, chopped (or 1/4 tsp. garlic powder)
3/4 tsp. thyme
1 Tbsp. all-purpose flour
2 cups milk
2 tsp. butter
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 cup sour cream
1 Tbsp. lemon juice

Snap off and discard tough ends of asparagus. Cut asparagus into 2-inch pieces.
Combine asparagus, broth, onion, garlic, and 1/2 tsp. thyme in a large saucepan over medium-high heat; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low; cover and simmer 10 minutes. Remove from heat; let stand 10 minutes. Process asparagus mixture in blender or food processor until smooth. Return to pan.

Whisk together flour and milk until smooth. Gradually add flour mixture to asparagus mixture, whisking until blended. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Reduce heat; simmer, stirring constantly, 5 minutes. *Remove from heat; stir in butter, salt, and remaining 1/4 tsp. thyme.

Combine sour cream and lemon juice. Top each serving with about 5 tsp. sour cream mixture.

Makes 4 servings.

*Or add last 4 ingredients together to asparagus mixture and heat through.

Annnnnd there you have it!

Have a blessed day!
~Courtney