I want to wish everyone a Happy, Healthy, and Safe New Year! I for one will be happy to say goodbye to 2011. Life has its ups and downs and this year had an abundance of complications, illness, and a loss of a loved one. Hopefully we can shed the gloom from 2011 and move on to more cheerfulness in 2012.
One bright spot in 2011 was the garden. It produced very well for us and we are still enjoying so much preserved bounty. Although I failed to compile a garden overview at the end of the year like I usually do, let me assure you that our basement and chest freezer are full of preserved produce grown in the garden. I am quite thankful for all that the garden spot provided for us.
Jars of canned tomato sauce, zesty salsa, grape jelly, applesauce, and string beans are stored on shelves in the basement. Also stored in the cool basement are two boxes of potatoes; several Delicata, Spaghetti, Butternut, and Pumpkin squashes; a basket of garlic, and a large bag of onions.
Our chest freezer holds some tomatoes frozen whole that can be used in soups, stews, or made into more tomato sauce or salsa. Other frozen produce include basil pesto, garlic scape pesto, Concord grapes, chopped onions, sliced celery, chopped leeks, pureed pumpkin, grated zucchini, julienned peppers, and sliced eggplant.
2011 was my second year growing from seed and I have found that I really enjoy growing and caring for seedlings in the early spring while snow covers the garden beds outside. Previously, I had purchased seedlings and the gardening season began around Labor Day. There is also much more variety to choose when growing from seed.
I am so eager to sort through my seed box and begin planning the garden for 2012.