So here is our hopeful garden list:
peppers-sweet, hot and paprika & chilli; Tomatoes - paste - Amish Paste Tomato, Roma Tomato, San Marzano Tomato; slicing - Beefsteak Tomato; cherry - Amish Salad Tomato; crispino lettuce; romaine lettuce; Butterhead lettuce; multiple leaf lettuces; rhubarb; onion; carrots; sweet potato; cucumber varieties; melon varieties (not sure yet); summer squash; winter squash; spaghetti squash; celery - Utah celery; cabbage; sweet & green onions; peas; beans-green, kidney and lima; sunflower; eggplant; and sweet corn (1-2 acres)
rosemary; thyme; oregano; dill; savory; parsley - Italian Flat Leaf; cilantro/coriander; basil - Spicy Globe Basil; garlic; chives.
Now at this point, if you were Todd, you would be saying I am certifiably nuts to grow all of this for our family of 4. But I keep reminding myself - it is nothing for us to go through 5 to 6 6 oz. cans of tomato sauce a week here, so my intention is that all the sauce tomatoes I will simply make into tomato sauce, and if I can process a canner full a night, awesome. I want to do some diced as well. I’m not going to make spaghetti sauce, or pizza sauce - I will do plain old tomato sauce that I can use however we see fit.
Brand new seed starting trays
Cucumbers - we are almost out of pickles that I processed 3 years ago - 25 quarts (and I cheated then and just brought them - this year I am growing them).
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We are seeing prices spike around us pretty badly, and I just hate paying good money for groceries (that aren’t even healthy for you). It’s amazing the people that think brown, mushy, veggies are perfectly acceptable to eat (as I am gagging just writing this). So while it may be a lot of work, we figure if I can get it all processed, late summer and next winter we will be reaping the rewards from having a very fully stocked pantry.
Mama Cow however is very protective - she was a first calf heifer last year who wanted nothing to do with her calf - this year she didn't want me taking pictures anywhere near that calf. But that is good, I guess, until we have to process it here in a few days. hehe.