In an effort to reduce the cost of produce (and so I can learn to can more things), we started a garden for the first time ever this year.
We haven’t had our own fenced-in backyard until now. The opportunity to garden is of the many wonders of living in a house and not an apartment complex. One of the first things we did included building two 4′x7′ raised beds.
One bed is full of peppers: 1 yellow, 1 orange, 1 fajita (smaller and a mild spice), 6 green, 2 jalapeno and 9 banana peppers. This picture shows everything about a month after being planted. The jalapenos each have one little jalapeno growing on them, about 1.5″ long right now. I tried taking photos of them by my camera wasn’t havin’ it.
The other box consists of: 15 tomato plants (no I am not joking), 4 boston pickling cucumbers, and 2 tomatillo plants. Since taking this picture we put in more cages for the tomatos. They are flowering but not growing fruit yet.
The cucumbers are cute! I love how they wrap their vines around each other. I’m expecting 12-16 cucumbers from these four plants. Might have to make more beer pickles.
All of this should bring on lots of canning experiments. John’s aunt is giftig us her pressure canner (YAY!) so I can tackle more of the low-acid foods like corn relishes, tomato salsas and pickled beans. MMM.
UPDATE: Since uploading these photos, I took more today (6/22/12)so you could see growth: