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Whoa ho- It's been awhile guys! I know it's smack in the middle of the year to make this thread, but better late than never- right!?

Anyways, Background info:
I have an in ground 60'x100' garden.
I have too many chickens to count
I have 3 hogs for butcher (only 1 for us)
I have a separate small strawberry bed
I have a blueberry bed in need of serious attention

I do all this while working a full time job, so the race is slow and steady and bare with me ;). I'm in Zone 5a.

In this thread I want to post photo updates, to do lists, a freezer inventory (a count in), total garden harvest tracker, and a canning tracker! Fingers crossed I can stay up on it as it would be really useful info for me!
 

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Canning total for 2019:

5 Jars of strawberry lemonade concentrate
7 jars of strawberry lemonade jam
 

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saved for freezer count
 

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Current Garden harvest Count:
~Goal is to grow 1,000 lbs of food for my family in 2019!~

10ish lbs of Kale
16ish lbs of Broccoli
6 oz of garlic scapes
3ish lbs of sugar snap peas
5ish lbs of strawberries
5ish lbs of swiss chard
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Current Total: 37lbs 1oz

Note: Early garden harvests were weighed but I didn't record individually for each item. Numbers above the dotted line are likely skewed a bit.
 
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Feel free to follow along with me everyone! Tell me your garden goals, set them and track them on this thread! Are all welcome! :)

Here's some photos from the last few weeks of things coming out of the garden. I haven't included the chamomile in the total, because it will likely make me cry on how light it is! lol.

Plant Green Leaf Botany Squash

Flower Plant Botany Petal Green

Food Ingredient Bean Grass Terrestrial plant

Plant Light People in nature Sky Botany

Natural foods Wood Terrestrial plant Vegetable Feather

Food Tableware Fruit Plant Strawberry
 

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Your produce looks good. I have never been able to figure out how to get broccoli to make large heads like that. Mine makes tiny little clumps whenever I've tried to grow it. What do you do with the garlic scapes? I have sometimes chopped them up for stir fries, but they are very tough. I made a radish leaf pesto this spring, with a couple of scapes, that came out well.
 

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Raiquee! I was thinking of you the other day wondering how you're doing. How old are the kids now?

You're ambitious. My mom used to do similar, minus livestock, with 3 kids and a full time job. I don't envy you all the work.

Good to see you back.
 

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CH) Don't feel discouraged about the broccoli, this is my first year in 6 of managing to make it grow at all. lol! I grill the garlic scapes! I have heard people making it into a pesto. A few years I blended them and froze it into ice cube trays to add to sauces and such. Not too fond of that way personally.

SD) Aww, thank you! The kiddos are 11,8 and 4! Can you believe that tiny baby is 4 already?! OMG...time flies.

I don't envy myself either. Work has been stressful, we are saying our final goodbyes to my FIL who is in hospice, garden continues going, and my finances need a kick in the butt! This forum always made me strive to be a better and more productive person! :)
 

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Very pretty. This is my wildflower bed. Right now all you can see are coneflowers, but in the spring we have columbine, indian pink, and a few things I have forgotten the names of. There's also some wild indigo, supposedly. Just put in a new daisy and a milkweed. I got a black eyed susan last summer, but it did not make it through the winter.

Flower Plant Terrestrial plant Herbaceous plant Groundcover
 
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Well....I have missed you! I even checked your YouTube channel to see if you were still active so I could message you..I’m so friggin happy to see you posting again..although,I haven’t been active here for months if not over a year I just happened to check here for no particular reason really..Almost all of the people I have known here over the years are gone..Anyhow, your garden has really expanded ��I’ve done the same as well as into growing my own medicinal plants to make my own medicines..Cant believe your baby girl is 4-already..The last time if I remember correctly you were going to school for some degree did you graduate? I will come back to check your updates..Hugs..��
 

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Brenda!! I was looking when I came back and saw you weren’t active either and I was so bummed!! Glad to see you back! I did graduate with my degree as a Medical laboratory scientist. I took a leadership position about 6 months after I graduated and have been doing that ever since overseeing 3 different hospitals. My husband also graduated and became a journeyman. This year we had doubled our annual income which ROCKED but we have been treating it poorly. Buying things we have put off for so long. I mean- I don’t regret it- just time to use this income to pay off debts!!


My FIL passed away Tuesday, we had his service yesterday. It’s been a rough July to say the least.

The garden has kind of suffered this year because of it. But, it is still producing lots of food. I picked out first summer squash and some beans. I plan to pick more and make a container of dilly beans. My cucumbers are just now flowering, so it will be a bit before those come in. It’s a great pepper year tho!

A few more pictures 🙂
 

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So happy to hear you won’t be struggling anymore financially honey! So sorry to hear of your FIL’s passing..HUGS..

I’ve had a lot of depression over the past year and a half...I’m finally getting better mentally..I now have a DIL that is a Nurse (very proud to say that!) and most importantly I have a beautiful happy 7-month old grandson❤ ...unfortunately, they live in California so I won’t get to enjoy my grandson much..My other boys live in my MiL house (she is in a NH) and work a lot so don’t see them much anymore...otherwise, just enjoying my yard..
 
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