Posts Tagged ‘vegetable garden’

I’m not trying to write about things I’ve heard at church particularly, but it seems that these days, I actually have something to comment on. For instance, today, the following verses from Matthew were read:


And as is often the case, I don’t really understand what Jesus is saying. He certainly isn’t suggesting that God is going to take care of us while we do not work, but He is saying that we shouldn’t worry but trust in Him to care for us. But I wonder about the people who aren’t being taken care of, at least humanly speaking. To my eyes, some people are not being taken care of at all. They are starving; they don’t have homes; they don’t have clothes.

Probably there are a lot of mumbo jumbo explanations about what Jesus meant. I still don’t know, but after thinking about it all day long, I think that no matter how things look to our eyes, Jesus is still taking care of us and we can still trust Him somehow. And anyway, what else are we supposed to do?

I don’t know. Someone shed some light here.

Above are most of our seedlings now in plastic cups and growing well.

… in the garden and Hapkido.

Today I had my second test in Hapkido and passed fairly easily. My belt is now a slightly alarming shade of yellow although, unfortunately, on the picture, it only registered as a dull yellow. According to my instructors, this is when things get really fun – and, for some, painful. I’m certainly looking forward to it!


Today we also spent a lot of time outdoors, both splitting wood and harvesting some of the last vegetables from the garden. Tonight we are supposed to have a frost, so we didn’t want to lose any food.

We grabbed the last of our spinach, peppers, and lettuce.

We got some gnarly carrots and fed the chickens some extra greens.

We filled our raised beds with leaves for the winter. The leaves will also offer protection for the garlic bed.

We are looking forward to our broccoli and cabbages for the next month! I would have taken a picture of our kale, but it had been harvested very recently and so the plants are just now getting their leaves back.

Last of all, who picked this radish? Shown also is a box of vegetables our neighbor didn’t want (he doesn’t like lettuce, broccoli, or cabbage). And a nice bowl of kale and sweet potato soup with some bread for someone’s lunch. Not mine. I don’t like this soup 🙂

We have never stopped eating out of our garden, but I cannot believe that we will still be getting vegetables for at least the next month. Just today, we put some tender plants into our greenhouse and apparently will be continuing to grow them in there. It’s pretty amazing how much food one can grow on a small piece of property! You don’t need that much land, you just need to be willing to work for it.

Before we left for our camping trip, we harvested all of the potatoes that we grew in just two small raised beds. It actually yielded quite a lot of good-sized potatoes. We grew white potatoes, red potatoes, and a variety called Yukon Gold. In addition, we have our sweet potatoes, which we haven’t harvested yet. For us personally, the white potatoes did the best, but it may have been because they got more sun than the other plants.

Anyway, we’re very happy with the amount of potatoes we got in such a small space. It won’t last us the whole winter by any means, but it’s that many less potatoes we’ll have to buy!

Today I read about a particular type of whitefly that could be quite a problem for our family as well as all gardeners in general.

In 2005, a whitefly that is resistant to pesticides was found in about 24 states in the U.S. but it was only found in greenhouses. Now, the same whitefly has been found outside, and it has a lot of food growers worried. The fly carries diseases that are very harmful to plants and, as mentioned earlier, they are resistant to pesticides. That, obviously, creates a problem when trying to kill them!

This fly’s species is Bemisia tabaci, and it apparently originates from the area around the Mediterranean Sea. The fly will get on the leaves of a large variety of plants, including but not limited to: tomatoes, beans, squash, and melons. These whiteflies can, according to the state agriculture department, live on 600 different types of plants.

Assuming this whitefly species decides to spread more and a more effective solution isn’t found, lots of gardens could be in trouble! We don’t generally use pesticides on our plants. Usually the bugs are picked off or they are ignored as long as we have plenty of the same plants which are bug-free. We let our chickens roam through the yard and garden when possible to clean up whatever bugs they can find, but we’ll have to wait and see what kind of challenge these new whiteflies will be.


DSCF3529Nowadays, at our house, it’s pepper-harvesting time. All types of peppers are ready for picking: bell peppers, lunchbox peppers, bananas, bull nose, and more various assorted sweet peppers, and all sorts of chili peppers as well as other hot peppers.

On one particular day, my mother focused on picking peppers from a sizable Thai pepper plant. Thai pepper plants grow to become small bushes and produce copious amounts of peppers.

Take the pictures in the article, for example. Aside from the yellow peppers, which are cayenne peppers, all of those red and green peppers came off of one plant. And while we only have one Thai pepper plant, we have two hot Korean pepper plants which produce as many or more fruits. We’re going to have a lot of peppers!

Thankfully, we found a really good sweet chili sauce recipe that we are going to make a lot. It’s reminiscent of a spicy duck sauce and we love it already. This is the recipe:

However, one can only eat so much chili sauce. The peppers are also being frozen whole and also used in various sauces and relishes which will be put up and be available for seasoning all winter long.

The thing is, these pepper plants after being cleaned of all their fruits, will produce almost the same amount of fruit before frost hits. So much food in so little space 🙂