Saturday, May 23, 2015

The Growing Garden and More

This spring, the garden has been doing very well! There are very few bugs (so far :), there has been a good amount of rain to keep the plants flourishing, great germination (save for one row of beans - it got a little too chilly and wet for them), no disease, and thanks to Mom's faithful hoeing, there are also very few weeds growing out there.

Part of the garden . . . potatoes, onions, beets, green beans and carrots

One garden project this week for Leah and I was hilling up the two rows of potatoes which was quite the job! I tilled along each side of the rows and then used a rake to pull the first round of dirt up around the plants and Leah followed with the hoe to pull up the rest. We had a fun time working on this together, though we were both rather tired by the end of it! With it being a total of 320 feet that we covered, it was a lot of dirt to move. :)

All hilled and ready to start growing lots of potatoes . . . hopefully :)

Zucchini plants

The strawberries are starting to ripen! I harvested the first few deliciously sweet berries last night.

There are quite a few apples on the trees this year! Leah did the big job yesterday of spraying the fruit trees. If all goes well, we should have a good harvest of peaches and apples.

We have also been enjoying salads from our garden now which has been nice!

Our 'salad bar' . . . several different varieties of lettuce, spinach, and radishes

Speaking of salads . . . we began making our own salad dressings years ago, and here is our favorite one to use. It is very easy to make and so good, too!


Ranch Dressing

-1 cup mayonnaise
-1/2 cup sour cream
-1/2 tsp. dried chives
-1/2 tsp. dried parsley
-1/4 tsp. garlic powder
-1/4 tsp. onion powder
-1/8 tsp. salt
-1/8 tsp. ground black pepper

In a bowl, whisk together all ingredients. Cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes before serving.


And if you prefer French dressing over Ranch, here is a great recipe version for that . . .

French Dressing

-1 cup ketchup
-3/4 cup white vinegar
-3/4 cup vegetable oil
-1/2 cup sugar
-1 teaspoon salt
-1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

In a jar with a tight-fitting lid, combine the ingredients; shake until sugar is dissolved.


On a different note, this afternoon Mom, Leah and I went to the homeschool highschool graduation of a friend of ours. We first met her when she was a young girl and she came to a Bible study that Leah and I helped teach (we were in our mid- to upper teens at the time.) I also taught her sewing and quilting lessons for many years, and then she was a part of Leah's and my 'girls group' during all of the years that we had that.

She has grown into such a sweet young lady, and it was special to be able to attend her graduation!


  1. How good your vegetable garden looks Sarah. Mine is disappointing, due mainly to cold nights, I think. French beans and runner beans are still very slow, but apparently I'm not the only one. all my neighbours are saying the same.

  2. Wonderful posts as always, Sarah. The graduating young lady has a lovely face, I can see her faith in it.

    The garden looks great, but I'm intrigued by how close together those zucchini plants are. Will you thin one of them out later, or keep them that close?

  3. Hello Sarah,

    Your garden looks wonderful, as always.

    My dearest sister/friend, Mrs.A, was up from Texas last week with the intention of helping me get my garden in. Unfortunately, our weather was not cooperative (too cold, wet and we even had snow flurries the day after she left) but she was a tremendous help with the goat kidding and other livestock duties. Hopefully, I will get the rest of my planting done this week.

    What a blessing to be able to see one of your students embark upon a new chapter of her life!


  4. Thank you, Elizabeth! I am sorry to hear about yours. :( Hopefully it will warm up soon and your plants can rebound! Our beans could use some drier, warmer weather as well. Some years weather sure makes gardening harder!

  5. Thank you, Rena! She does, doesn't she? She is really a sweet girl!

    The zucchini plants are a little close together . . . closer than I would normally have them, but I think they are still far enough apart to do all right. Usually we grow three per hill and these two are the best looking ones in the hill. It will be interesting to see how they do!

  6. Thank you, Mrs. B! How fun for your sister/friend, Mrs. A., to come visit! Even though you weren't able to plant the garden together, it sounds like you had plenty of profitable and fun things to keep you busy. And that is exciting that your goats kidded!

    I hope the weather will cooperate for you this week so that you can get the rest of your garden planted!

    And yes, it was/is!. :)


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