July Garden Update

It’s getting to be that time where the garden’s finally starting to produce a lot. We’re in that in between stage where we get too much to keep up with eating it, but yet not quite enough to make it worth getting the canner out. There are a few things we’ve gotten a lot of, like cucumbers for example, that I probably could have made made and canned some pickles with. Instead of canning, I’ve been fermenting them and making refrigerator pickles. Next week is the fair, and we’ve been busy getting ready for that, so I just haven’t had enough time to do it. I’m hoping after the fair there will still be plenty of cucumbers to can some pickles. If not, I’ll just plant a fall crop and hope to get more in a few months. The tomatoes are also really starting to ripen. There is a lot out there, so I’m just holding my breath that most of them won’t start turning until after the fair. I really wish there was a magical button I could push to pause the garden until after the fair.

Miley and I did a video to show you what all we’ve been picking so far…

After spending a couple hours in the garden that morning, we ended up with quite a lot of good stuff to eat…


We got hot and tired before we got everything picked, so we took a break and got the rest of it the next morning.

For supper that evening, I made pork roast with carrots and potatoes and served it with cooked beets, sliced cucumbers and tomatoes, and sauerkraut….


It’s one of the few times when we’ve managed to make a meal that’s 100% home grown. When that happens, it’s so fun and exciting because it makes us feel like we’ve accomplished something and all our hard work is finally paying off.

4 thoughts on “July Garden Update

  1. susansink

    We gave our beer fridge to someone who needed it and now I’m sorry! I have to get another post haste to store stuff I can’t make in the moment… I’m gone for 4 days now and cleared out as much as possible but the beans and peas are going crazy. I hope when I get back I’ll get the first of the tomatoes. And the cucumbers that grow in the meantime will probably be too big, but it will be pickle time! Good luck at the fair!

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  2. June

    Looks awesome, Shelly. We did have lots of cucumbers but they seem to have slowed off. We have TONS of tomatoes waiting to ripen. Other than that things are a bit slow. Not sure if it’s something I did or the weather! Enjoy your lout – it looks delish!

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  3. Twin Acres Homestead

    Everything looks so good, we are hoping to start harvesting and freezing this week. Have fun at the fair 🙂

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