Showing posts with label Holly House. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Holly House. Show all posts

Monday, November 4, 2013

.::2013::. Garden in Review

It is that time of the year in Wasington wine country. Harvest is coming to an end.  There is a chill to the air.  The first frost has made the vineyards and orchards start to drop their leaves. And that same first frost has made it quite apparent that it is time to take down the garden and make plans for next year

 It is a time to review the past year.  What was a success?  What has the opportunity to improve?  Each year around this time I clean up the garden, remove the annuals, and review the bounty 2013 has given us.
Cherry Tomatoes soon to be pico de gallo
Year 1 in the Holly House. We got married. We honeymooned in Maui. I started a new job.
The garden is definitely in need of some TLC.

Spicy garden haul
This year was the first I started all our plants from seeds.  I had high hopes with many starts going...then we were gone for 2 weeks of wedding/honeymoon madness and the poor little plants did not take well to being cared for by my mother-in-law.  We ended up having roma and cherry tomatoes, along with  many (ok 12...seriously we had them coming out of our ears) jalapeño peppers.
We had one lonely bell pepper plant that Louie ripped out. Bummer.
Garlic pickled jalapeno rings
With the huge amount of jalapeños, we decided to pickle some.
Best. Decision. Ever.
I got to break out the mandalin we got as a wedding gift, and after 6 weeks of waiting we have been loving our little pickled rings.  Nachos are on a whole new level in this household!

I am designing some improvements, are you?
What is your favorite garden veggie?

Mark my words, by 2014 I will have grown my own cucumbers and not have to buy from the store to make pickles!