I Love…

We have been harvesting quite a lot of produce from our garden; nectarines, cauliflowers and onions. I love that we are growing our own food, there isn’t always an abundance of it, but when it is available, it makes me feel so good to sit at the dinner table and know that part of our supper came from our garden.

The nectarines are large and juicy.

I discovered a couple of cauliflower heads while clearing out one of the bends. I hadn’t been into the veggie garden for a few days and was so surprised to see the growth after the rain.

It is wonderful to have this crop of apricots, last year we only had two on the tree, this year we have about twenty, they have grown so plump.

As I walked around the apricot tree, I noticed this yellow apricot lying on the ground. I excitedly bent down and picked it up. It had been lying in the sun, it was so warm in my hands. I showed it to everyone, we shared it amongst the six of us. It tasted amazing, a large part of that was because we grew it ourselves:)

Oh… this makes me so happy! I brushed the earth aside ever so slightly and there they were, the first of our potato crop!!  We will dig them up in a few weeks, just had to have a quick peek:)

Our thorn tree is in bloom, these little yellow flowers are just brilliant, like bursts of sunshine.

Off they go for a ride, my sweet loves…

Still really adore watching our chickens sand bathing:)

Wishing you a wonderful week;)

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10 Responses to I Love…

  1. K December 4, 2011 at 6:09 pm #

    I didn’t think a mortal human could actual grow her own cauliflower – or nectarines. I thought only stores could do that. I am only half kidding. What an amazing thing. Onions are magical to me – a treasure hunt in the dark loam. I understand your satisfaction, and I am basking in it vicariously right now. And I love chickens dust bathing – I don’t believe I’ve ever seen an actual chicken do it, but other birds. I love your home. And all the crazy bike-pants people who live in it. You are gracious to share these windows -=

  2. Anna December 4, 2011 at 6:31 pm #

    That produce looks scrumptious! And yes, what a wonderful feeling to sit down to a meal of food grown at your own hands! Do you know what kind of apricot that is, and if so, could you tell me? I am looking to plant a couple of apricot trees next year and am open to suggestions.

  3. Rene' Sharp December 4, 2011 at 8:15 pm #

    What a lovely post my friend, your produce looks lovely!! Very inspiring!! Hope the week ahead is good for you and your sweet family :)

  4. Rosina {Rosy ~ Posy} December 4, 2011 at 9:45 pm #

    Oh everything looks so yummy and your cauliflower is amazing!! I can never get mine to grow so well :) oh I can hardly wait for spring *grin*

  5. Tania December 5, 2011 at 12:07 am #

    Now that the apricot tree is in full fruit, will you have to bedeck it in one of those attractive hair nets? We live in a community with lots of fruit trees. Whole gardens wear hair nets and always make me smile.

    My kids think even spinach tastes ‘quite nice’ when it comes from our garden…

  6. Rachel December 5, 2011 at 3:54 pm #

    I keep trying to grow cauliflower and broccoli but am horribly unsuccessful at it. This year I was sort of successful with the broccoli. Next year I hope for better results. :)

    I do love that feeling though of having what ever we grow on the table. That satisfaction.

    My chickens are not basking in the sun these days. They are huddled together under the heat lamp as the temperatures outside are in the single digits close to the negative single digits. Quite cold here!!

  7. Linda December 5, 2011 at 6:15 pm #

    Dear Anna,
    I have gone out and checked the name of the apricot tree, it is a Buline. Beautiful juicy and large fruit.

    Dear Tania,
    Oh yes definatly, we have hairnetted the apricot tree, otherwise the birds do beat us to all the fruit:) We do leave some fruit to grow outside the nets for our feathered friends to forage on though:)

    xo
    Linda

  8. Wendy December 7, 2011 at 2:19 pm #

    Linda, your harvests look fantastic!

  9. barefoot mama December 7, 2011 at 10:34 pm #

    Your chickens look so healthy and happy:) Nature is really beautiful where you are….Barefoot mama

  10. Anna December 9, 2011 at 10:01 am #

    Thank you for going to the trouble to look it up for me! And thank you all for the netting tips. I did my first netting of any plants this fall, to keep chickens out of stuff. My garden looked pretty funny, but it helped a lot (until the deer figured out how to pull the netting off.) I will definitely net more of my garden next year.

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