Sunday, November 2, 2014

Food Karma

One of my favorite things about growing a big garden has been the ability to share the resulting fruits and vegetables with friends and family.  I love the smiles that greet me when I show up with a jar of pickles, or jam or a bag of cherry tomatoes.
It seems that this summer, we experienced fruit karma for our sharing efforts.

 First, several boxes of plums showed up at our doorstep (Thanks Summer and Rory)We ate many and dehydrated many more for eating this fall and winter.

Then our little peach tree which was all but dead when we moved into our house 9 years ago decided to have a stellar year.

And so we added peach preserves to our winter stash.

This box of pears showed up at my desk at work (Thanks Devlin!) So we dehydrated pears, which I'd never even had before, but turn out to be delicious.

And then to our surprise while out on a hike 1 morning we came upon "wild" apples.  Turns out those pioneers left some tasty treats behind.  These were sauced and served up to this little guy

So Thanks to all for filling up our winter pantry and don't be surprised if some home made goods show up at your house or office some time soon.


Friday, August 15, 2014

Spring-Summer, where did the time go?

Well here we are again, back on the blog.  Yes, I've been absent.  This spring, I harvested one of these.

And wouldn't you know it, he has already grown like a weed ...
 4 months did fly by.  So yes, I have a modest garden planted.  And yes, we did make some significant harvests already.

The spring spinach was bountiful, and is perhaps part of what has bolstered the growth of the above sprouting human who by the way has turned out to be right at home in the garden.

This was at least a month ago, probably longer.  We are well on out way to a successful growing season so more on that soon.  Just needed to dip a toe into the blog world before I jumped all the way in.

Coming soon … tomatoes, tomatillos, eggplant, grapes.

-JG and boys.

Winter, finally (and seriously)

I planned to start this blog last spring as my garden flew into action, but then got into the actual work of gardening and abandoned the task. However, today its winter, really winter. I'm wearing long underwear and sitting under a blanket and I'm still cold.
Today is the shortest day of the year so from here on in it gets better. I look forward to longer days, that's for sure. But I'll also tuck in and enjoy winter's freeze and snow, it does mean skiing after all. Maybe more importantly is the snow pack - without snow there isn't water for the West.
The end of the year and the solstice are a good time to think back on the last 365. I have no reason to complain and feel really lucky about the last year and really hopeful about the year to come.