Thursday, December 9, 2010

This Amazes Me

It's amazing how much food that can be grown with part time effort.  All of this is from my garden!  Much of it was grown with minimal effort. 

The citrus was as simple as planting a tree in the spring, giving it a little water every now and then during dry spells the first year, watering it during any extended dry spells the next year, spreading a little composted chicken manure around it twice a year, and when black soot appeared giving it a spray of neem tree oil once a week several times at twilight....and now....a beautiful tree that gives abundant fruit chock full of nutrition and goodness!!!!   I would encourage anyone to try it...

So much idle ground being mowed, trimmed, treated and fed...taking up time, effort, and money....why?  Your land has so much to give you...plant a seed....a tree....a plant......and let it give......

Green beans from the garden...(the frost last night has just about killed them....but oh what bounty while they lasted!)
...dried chili peppers ready to crush...
....PECANS!  (I have twelve gallons of pecan meat in the freezer right now.  I plan to make praline pecans as presents to teachers and friends....super yum...I'll post the recipe later.)
Pickled Cauliflower and canned green beans from the garden.  Super juicy yummy sweet grapefruit and navel oranges from the trees....
Green onions, green peppers, green cucumbers, and yes...potatoes!!! From the towers...I must recommend the towers...I'll tell more later.  There's my compost bucket.  I never chop anything without having my bucket ready....those are stalks of dried basil seed I need to save....
Summer stuffed artichokes from the freezer warming up.....
...and a very sweet and crisp cabbage freshly picked from the garden...
....my Mother-in-law and I made the most delicious venison sausage from two large roasts a cousin gave us.  This is soooo delicious...It is mixed with ground pork 1/2 and 1/2.  After figuring all of our expenses we estimated the cost to be $1.05 a pound....compare that to $3.89 that a local grocery charges for a similar product.
...there's plenty to store and plenty share...
....value the land....be nice to the land...and It'll will give to you....

5 comments:

McKenna said...

YUMMY! I can't wait to come to your house! (i hope i can come soon!!) I bet talia and seleste do too!!!

Heart Song said...

Kristi,

What a bounty! The pecans are beautiful; the ones on my brother's trees were dry this year, I guess because we had such a long dry spell while they were growing.

Are you going to send your followers sample pralines? ~Smile~

Marsha

JeanSkirtGirl said...

Dear sister kristi I love how much your garden has grew I can't wait in till I come over again and help u pick from your big garden and dinner look good mmm love carmencita

Egghead said...

Kristi it is so refreshing to catch up on your blog. The beautiful photos of your bounty make it seem as though I am there. Hope December is treating you and your family well.

Sha Nae Nae said...

shreik!!!!!!!! all this food!!!! so little of a family!!! i think you should invite extra people to your house on sundays, hint hint, you could invite me and mkenna again, just suggesting..