Garden update!  I love the month of August for many reasons, not the least of which is because the garden is a boomin’.  It’s also a huge canning month for me.  This year, I am going to focus on tomato based goods:  ketchup, chili sauce, barbecue sauce, chutney, tomato sauce, stewed tomatoes.  I am also going to do dilly beans again because those came out so good and it’s the only way I’ll eat green beans.

Speaking of beans, those are bean plants on the left.  I am letting them dry on the vine, with the hopes of getting a nice harvest of dried beans for the winter.  Here is the first batch:

The other plants in that bed (the beds were made by my pooh bear, Jeff) are sugar beets in the foreground, golden beets behind them.  That patch of dirt will be a lettuce bed in a few weeks.

Next up is the tomato/pepper bed:

I tried to grow tomatoes and peppers from seed and it just didn’t work.  I ended up buying plants and then wondered why the hell I just didn’t do that in the first place.  It’s like $1.25 for four plants and we aren’t suffering from a plant shortage (thank goodness).  On the far left are my watermelon plants.  I forget what the vines are on the right.

Bed three:

My pumpkins are there on the left, constantly trying to crawl into bed two to see ‘sup.  I then have a nice bed of cabbages, some from seed and some from plant.  In the back right you will see broccoli plants, all grown from seed.  Leeks are there in the front right.  What you can barely see are my BIG EXPERIMENTS for this year:  peanuts.  If it works, I am going to become a peanut farmer and then president, like Jimmy Carter.

Bed four:

To the left (outside the bed) are my potatoes.  Kale dominates the row in the front; there is a little patch of lettuce to their right.  Rhubarb is growing like gangbusters on the right.  Behind the kale are celery plants, broccoli plants and a cucumber vine.

Our backyard sports our hops, who will get their own post one of these days.  If I had my wish, I would rip up all of our stupid lawn and plant food and barley! Cuz how cool would that be! Barley!! And we are homebrewers!

Happy August!


  1. Lorrie Shaw says:

    This sooo made me hungry. It all looks great!

    I, too am planning on canning this month. I haven’t done so in years and may do my grilled peach salsa and BBQ sauce. I give stuff like that away to clients as gifts for the holidays. Last year it was small batch homemade butterscotch sauce, so if I can some stuff, it will make my December much less busy!

    1. teacherpatti says:

      If want to co-can one day, let me know 🙂

  2. Tricia says:

    Don’t you need to spend some time as a naval officer (or nuclear engineer or something – where’s wikipedia when you need it?) to be like Jimmy Carter?

  3. ++Mira++ says:

    im finally going to be able to plant a garden next year. thx for the info! nice to meet another michigander

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