It is harvest time

And we have made ourselves a lot of work in the garden this year.

Drying onions

We have no useable soil on our property, so we have to work with raised beds and hillbeds in order to grow our vegetables.

Raised beds

This means a lot of work before we can even start with gardening.

raised bed and hillbed

As you can see on the picture we also mulch all our beds. Our location is ratter warm and dry, so this way of gardening is beneficial to keep the moisture in the soil.

Unfortunately this year was no good for the tomatoes. We only harvested a few handfuls of so many tomatoplants we had started from seed in the winter.

tomatoplants

On the other hand we had an abundance of zucchini, even a few broccoli en a bunch of onions.

Broccoli, Zucchini, Zucchinisoup and elderberry jelly

A few red cabbages have been turned into sauerkraut and kimchi. And I hope I find the time to harvest and process the rest of the cabbage before the caterpillars eat them all.

Kale and Red cabbage

The paprika was getting late to ripe due to the cold wetter now and then. So we had to harvest them green otherwise the paprika went bad before turning red completely.

Paprika plant

Paprika and Chilli harvest

Since we do not like the taste of green paprika I am fermenting and pickling them. Also the chilies are getting fermented.

Paprika and Chilli pickled and fermenting

We are so lucky to have a great potato yield. We had a number of different varieties. One did better as the other. Our favorite is the potato “Aromata” which tastes very good and gave us the best yield with a lot of very big potatoes.

Potatoes on hillbeds
Some potatoes and random harvest

While digging up the potatoes we sometimes find funny and beautiful creations of nature.

The harvest is not finished jet, but this year we have learned a lot and are very happy with al we have received from our garden.

If you have any questions about our way of gardening or otherwise, please let us know.