A Time for Looking Back

IMG_0508It has been so long since my last post I feel like I need to make a confession. Well, life once again took over and knocked me down for the count. But, at last I have a moment to review this past year, in the garden and in life. I also want to welcome and thank all the new subscribers to my blog-please feel free to comment!! I love comments!

The year of 2015 turned out to be the most successful for us in the garden with a total of 175 pounds as the final total of food grown. Wow, 175 pounds! I have to say that I am still surprised and very impressed with that total. I can only attribute it to the hard work put into the soil preparation including years of composting and organic amendments. Getting a small indoor greenhouse that allowed me to start the seeds in February also helped the process get an early jump.

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I decided not to plant a fall garden due to all the happenings in my life and the unreal pace of the holiday season. In the end, I am so very happy I did not waste the time or seeds. We have received, as a lot of other places in the country, an enormous amount of rain that would have ruined the crop. For two straight weeks we did not see the sun or a dry day-something in Georgia we are not familiar with at all.

This year I will definitely take more care in pest control with organic resources, of course. The population of Stink Bugs across our area has exploded and I will need to try to head it off at the beginning-mostly with Neem Oil.

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The last crockpot full of chili base. This pot has earned its purchase.

The last crockpot full of chili base. This pot has earned its purchase.

In the last few days we have finally received sun and winter weather-both of which I welcome. The colorful seed catalogs have begun to arrive in the mail and fresh hopes for a new growing season are beginning to take root. I am so thankful that at the end of the year my pantry (freezers included) are full and I have more horticultural knowledge to take with me into this new year.

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I've put up record amounts of food this year. My freezer and cupboards are full.

I’ve put up record amounts of food this year. My freezer and cupboards are full.

I hope you all have enjoyed my sharing of the ups and lows of life and gardening. Stay with me to see what 2016 holds at our small cottage homestead. I will leave you my favorite pictures from the past year. Blessings, Catherine

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