Let me start by saying that ; when someone brings you their produce you know for certain that they love you. Thank you Gloria and Francis for the green beans! My tummy and my heart are full! I picked a new place to grow my green beans this Spring/Summer and I am thinking it might have been a bust. Well, I thought it would be the ideal locale; morning sun with late afternoon shade on the East side of my house. Check out my fun trellis.
I turned my new trellis every which way trying to make it look less like a trash find head board, but then I thought, who am I kidding? This object is always going to look like I took it off the head of a bed. So I decided to make the best of it and created a sign to go above it that read; “You made your bed, now you get to EAT from it!” How’s that for garden whimsy? I will show everyone when my sign is done. Putting the finishing touches on it now. Let me introduce you to a Texas girl who really knows how to make signs/garden projects; http://www.gardenupgreen.com/ She is such an inspiration to me. She has almost talked me into raising quail, but that is a whole different post.
So why aren’t my green beans growing like they should be? Every week they are getting a trim from neighborhood rabbits. Grrrr! I have installed some wire baskets that I made from chicken wire and the tops of tomato cages. See how I made them here. In the meantime my sweet friends have me covered with green beans. 🙂 Funny My Father always seems to know what I am lacking. A few months ago 3 different people , who don’t know each other, brought our family meat of all different kinds. One was from a hunter that was so successful he didn’t have room in his freezer, one was from a young lady that is wise beyond her years, thank you Amber! I had so much meat I felt like a butcher shop. I said to my friends; “My Father knows we have plenty of veggies, so He is providing meat to go with it.” Amazing how He provides for us!
Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air: They do not sow or reap or gather into barns—and yet your Heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?… Matthew 6:25
Here is the potato part of the post; First, before you harvest, watch the movie Faith Like Potatoes. It is a very inspirational show that will fire you up for the hard work ahead. Second, get help. Many hands make for light work. But keep in mind that everyone who helps harvest will naturally want potatoes, which depending on your situation might be fun too. I have lots of kids so this works out well for me. 😉 “Wake up teenagers, it is time to harvest potatoes!” I am probably the most unpopular mom on the block, maybe even the city. Talking to my real farm girl friend, Lorraine; back then kids helped on the farm a lot. They knew that, their help, meant that they got to keep the farm and the house that goes with it. Attention teenagers; We are about to lose the farm and the house that goes with it! It is no longer an one income society. For it is by the grace of god that we are sustained.
This is what your potatoes will look like when they are ready to harvest. Even with the wet Spring conditions they did great! This is the first time I grew potatoes because, face it ,they are pretty cheap at the store and I don’t always have the space for them. This February I decided to give it a try,see here. and I am so glad I did. This potato harvesting thing is so fun!(I am not sure my teens would describe the whole process as fun, but they weren’t very verbose about it. Probably a good thing.) For me it is like looking for buried treasure! Once you pull up the main plant full of potatoes you get to plunge your hands down into the rich earth and search for more.
Just when you think you have got them all, you find another one. I grew these over at the community garden so we threw them into the mulch covered pathway, rinsed them off with the hose and let them dry for a bit.
After carting them home we put packing paper on top of some old upside down table tops I have had for ages. Flattened card board boxes would work well too. While I wouldn’t store onions under my bed, I would put potatoes there. Just don’t forget about them. I am giving up on the garage to store root veggies in. While I need cool and dry, my garage is hot and muggy. Down here root cellars just fill with water, but much of the country has them. All I have is root cellar envy.
So we are getting comfortable with veggies hanging and
bunching about us. I managed to braid my onions. If I did it again I would do it in smaller bunches as they turned out REALLY heavy! I keep expecting them to come crashing down onto the floor, but so far so good.
Now I have room for more veggies although the middle of June is quite late for a Spring crop in Texas. Remember we have two growing seasons here. One in early spring, interrupted by a hotter then hell period when we close up the garden and take a short vacation, then we start planting for Fall sometime around the end of August. Even now I only garden in the early morning or late in the evening. I don’t even try getting out there in the middle of the day any more. My teens have the sunburn to prove it! Oops! Faith like potatoes!
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