The picture below, obviously isn't food to eat. It's a blossom off our Rose of Sharon tree. This year it has tons of blossoms and is beginning to really be beautiful. We planted two of them about 4 years ago. They are now beginning to look very nice.
This is the stip of yard we are using. We grew lots of onions which store well throughout the winter. Jim fertilized the rasberries this year and some are taller than I am. They are just beginning to come on so I have lots to pick tomorrow. In front of the raspberries, we put wire fencing for the peas to grow up and we got a lot of peas once the weather was dry enough to plant! We have taken that fencing down now so we can get into the raspberries.
We have carrots coming up - a lot of the seeds didn't germinate so we won't get too many of those. We won't pull the carrots probably until snow comes. We planted 4 green pepper plants and I already have enough frozen chopped and sliced green peppers to last us through much of the winter. Still a few more to go that are coming on.
We have more tomatoes than I know what to do with. Anybody want some? I'll make some fresh salsa this weekend. If I could find a good salsa recipe, I would bottle some but I don't have a good recipe. We'll give lots away. (That's how to make friends.) :) Unless you are a Clark child and don't like tomatoes.
The onions were the first thing we planted this spring. They are huge. Adam dug them up for us and they will lay on the ground while the tops dry up and then we'll store them in the pantry for winter.
If any of you Utah kids want to come pick some raspberries, let me know. We have tons and tons! I will freeze most of what I have this year and maybe make jam at a later date.
We are trying to raise as much food of our own as we can. I like to bottle fruit a lot more than vegetables because I don't like canned/bottled vegetables. I either like them frozen or fresh. Our strawberries were a bust this year - we only got about 6 berries total. We're going to have to address that problem by next spring. This just proves that you can produce a lot in a small space. I'd encourage all of you to grow whatever you can. (And Chelsey or Jen, I'd be happy to help you bottle some fruit if you buy some. It's not hard, just time consuming. With more than one person working on it, it goes quickly.)