Monday, March 15, 2010

Subsistence farming

We're just about there. We're actually growing enough vegetables to feed our family. I took stock of the freezer today, and, when I factor in the produce from our winter crop, we'll most likely be eating our own vegetables all year 'round.

Today I picked brussels sprouts, broccoli and our second-to-last cabbage. I think the broccoli is just about over, but there are enough small sprouts still on the plants to keep us going for a few more weeks. If they show any sign of bolting, I can always pick them and freeze them. I've already got two bags of sprouts frozen; we've been eating them at least once a week, but one of those weeks we had a huge harvest, so I froze the excess.

Our fruit trees are beginning to bloom; it's too soon to expect much fruit, if any, from them, but it's nice to see them bloom. It's a reminder of all the fruit to come.

We harvested our first two strawberries yesterday; I dipped them in chocolate.

Life is good.

1 comment:

Kokopelli said...

I live in an area where we have no winter harvests, but I'm looking forward to the taste of self-grown tomatoes, lettuce, beans, cucumbers.......spring is just around the corner.