Fall Planting & Harvesting Potatoes: The Small, The Medium & The Mushy

The summer gardening season is coming to an end and we finally had the opportunity to plant some cool crops and harvest our potatoes.Before harvesting our potatoes I have grabbed potatoes here and there to eat for dinner and to share with family and friends.

One of the raised beds we harvest from had a nice amount of potatoes and we also planted potatoes in a couple of large planters and a wheel barrel. From those planters we didn’t receive a large harvest, but it was enough for a couple of meals and after weighing it, they weighed in at over 7lbs.

7 pound potato harvest
There was a new raised bed that my husband created this year and that potato bed we totally slacked on harvesting from it too. The bed of potatoes wasn’t hidden, but I forgot it was there.In that bed there were a few mushy potatoes.We learned exactly what happens when you wait too late to harvest from our potatoes.You can watch the video below to check out our treasures.

 

Nicole

Helping Moms power on faith, Tune-In to family life, Flip through to do list, Turnip in the garden & tell you what’s on the Menu. Nicole is a wife, mother of 3 and a Chorkie. Blogging and vlogging about the things that she enjoys in life, her family, cooking, gardening, decorating, planning, crafts/diy, thrifting, giving roadside finds new life and more.

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It Mint A Lot

 

Finally got around to harvesting some refreshing peppermint to dehydrate the other day.   Come to think of it, I haven’t checked on the mint that’s growing behind the greenhouse lately and I’m sure it’s all out of control. Hopefully I’ll remember to check on it in the morning.

As I was saying, I’ve finally harvest some peppermint to dehydrate.  Not much, but enough to get a jar started.

My usual routine is to grab some mint and use it. I use it in my husband’s ice tea and when I don’t add it to his tea, he’s sure to let me know about it. I also like to add it to my ice coffee and many other drinks that I like to add a refreshing flavor to.

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This year we’re growing a few  mint varieties and one of those is believed to be from a mint we had in a pot last year that has returned this year in the cracks and crevices around the patio. We have some sweet mint, peppermint  and the one we’re a little unsure of. We’re thinking it may be apple mint or chocolate mint.  Stepping off the patio a few weeks ago I got a strong sniff of mint.  It took me by surprise because it was growing along with the lemon balm.  After sniffing it out and tasting it, we’re thinking it may be chocolate mint because of the taste.  Now, that’s one I need to try in my ice coffee.

Before we began our gardening journey we discovered some mint growing in the backyard.  After my grandmother told us how invasive it was and how it was going to take over our yard, we pulled it up.  We wanted no parts of it.  Now, years later and with some gardening experience under our belt, we’ve added it to our garden again.  Who knew?  I’m sure my husband would blame it all on me changing my mind all the time and moving things around, but he had some parts in the demise of that poor mint plant too.

Hopefully we can increase our harvesting on the different mint varieties and get as much dehydrated and stored away before the gardening season comes to an end.

Nicole

Helping Moms power on faith, Tune-In to family life, Flip through to do list, Turnip in the garden & tell you what’s on the Menu. Nicole is a wife, mother of 3 and a Chorkie. Blogging and vlogging about the things that she enjoys in life, her family, cooking, gardening, decorating, planning, crafts/diy, thrifting, giving roadside finds new life and more.

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Freezer Preserving Tomatoes & Peppers

One of the things I’ve been trying to perfect with gardening this season is preserving our harvest for future use.  Enjoying the fruit of your labor at a later date is one of the many perks of raising your own vegetables and that’s something I’m trying to culminate.

Dehydrating Garden Fresh Herbs

 

We’ve been doing good with preserving our herbs and now, that we have harvesting, dehydrating and storing herbs down, it’s time to do the same with the other vegetables.However, when it comes to preserving your harvest, what often happens is you may only have enough to harvest and eat now and nothing to eat later. So, the now and later plan goes out the window and you’re eating for the now. Of course that all depends on how much we plant and if everything goes well with the vegetables.  Thankfully we’ve been getting an overflow of roma tomatoes.

 

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Once we harvest one or two baskets, it’s time to harvest more.  To keep from becoming overwhelmed, I quickly take care of the batches of tomatoes as we bring them in the house.  I’ll start off by cleaning my harvest and prep them by removing the area the stem was and cutting an X on the bottom of the tomato.  After they’ve been cleaned and prepped I boil them for about 30 minutes and the amount of time depends on how many tomatoes I’m preparing. Many people roast their tomatoes, but with preparing so many, I like to make the task as easy as possible by boiling them.  Once they’ve boiled and cooled off, I remove the skin, put them in the crock pot and after a few hours blend them with a hand blender and add my fresh seasonings.

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Next year’s goal I’d like to learn how to can.  After having a bad experience with canning a few years ago, I gave canning up.  Although, seeing mason jars filled with garden fresh vegetables lined up on shelves will bring back childhood memories of my annual trips to Missouri with my grandma, lined up in my freezer will have to do.

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Another vegetable I’ve freezer preserved are those tasty poblano peppers.  Hubby planted poblano peppers this year and they’ve been plentiful as well, unlike last year.  Last year we got nothing.  Not one darn poblano.  My husband loves when I make stuffed poblano peppers.  They have the best flavor and make great appetizers or a meal when served with rice and some vegetables.

So, I harvest all the poblanos that were ready, cleaned them up and blanched them.  Once they cooled I layed them on a tray and placed them in the freezer to freeze.  After they were frozen I removed them from the freezer and place them all in a large freezer bag.  Freezing them before placing them in a bag assures that they won’t stick together and when I was ready to use them I can grab as many as I need.

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Although we’ve been getting a great harvest, we’ve also had some trouble in the garden.  One being powdery mildew and the other blossom end rot.   Although some of the tomatoes and peppers have been experiencing the blossom end rot, I’ve still been able to get some use out of the vegetables that have been plagued with this problem. Like this variety of pepper mix here that I put together.

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All the peppers that had the blossom end rot, I removed the damaged part and cut up the part that was good, placed them in small portions in freezer bags to use in any meal. I can officially say that this week has been a successful week with freezer preserving tomatoes and peppers.  Have you been preserving any of your garden vegetables and if so, which vegetables and how do you like to preserve your vegetables?

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Nicole

Helping Moms power on faith, Tune-In to family life, Flip through to do list, Turnip in the garden & tell you what’s on the Menu. Nicole is a wife, mother of 3 and a Chorkie. Blogging and vlogging about the things that she enjoys in life, her family, cooking, gardening, decorating, planning, crafts/diy, thrifting, giving roadside finds new life and more.

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Get your skunky hands off my mators!

​Time for more pasta sauce.

We’re thinking a skunk has been helping itself to our tomatoes. Hence the picked over tomato and the half eaten one on the ground. Last night was the second night we smelled an awful skunk smell. If it wasn’t for the skunky fragrance my husband and I would’ve been playing the who blew it game. 

Nicole

Helping Moms power on faith, Tune-In to family life, Flip through to do list, Turnip in the garden & tell you what’s on the Menu. Nicole is a wife, mother of 3 and a Chorkie. Blogging and vlogging about the things that she enjoys in life, her family, cooking, gardening, decorating, planning, crafts/diy, thrifting, giving roadside finds new life and more.

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Dehydrating Garden Fresh Herbs

Today I’m sharing how I dehydrate garden fresh herbs. I do this on a weekly basis to continue to promote growth of the herbs and to grow my herbs stash when the gardening season is over.

Nicole

Helping Moms power on faith, Tune-In to family life, Flip through to do list, Turnip in the garden & tell you what’s on the Menu. Nicole is a wife, mother of 3 and a Chorkie. Blogging and vlogging about the things that she enjoys in life, her family, cooking, gardening, decorating, planning, crafts/diy, thrifting, giving roadside finds new life and more.

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