It’s been just over a month since my last garden update.  Unfortunately, this has been the wettest summer on record in Des Moines.  We have had more rain than the floods of 1993 and 2008.  It’s been devastating seeing so many cities literally going under water.  The city of my alma mater, Iowa State University, was flooded last week.  Local parks and our wonderful bike trails are gone and waiting for the weather to stay dry long enough to see the light of day.  Our land is waterlogged and with that, family farmers making a living are struggling.  With all of the rain that we’ve had, it’s been the most difficult year for organic gardening that I have ever been through.  We’ve had an influx of disease, pests, and mosquito’s.  We’ve been lacking the high drier temps that our summer crops have needed.  Production has been down all around Iowa and if you grew peppers successfully this year, you can call yourself lucky.  Unless you garden can you truly begin to understand what farmers go through each and every year.  My prayer is that they are enduring and that God will bring us a better season next year.

I was starting to get down on myself over my harvest.  After speaking to so many people I have come to realize that I’m not the only one that is going through this.  Praise the Lord my gardening is not my income.  With that in mind, I do thank God for what He has given me this year.  As I have been going through my pictures I have realized that I haven’t had that bad of a year under these wet circumstances.

Thank you Jesus for my wet gardens but most of all for family farmers that are still able to produce and meet my families needs.

The Lord has given us a couple of beautiful sunny dry days.  I was able to clean up my plots, harvest and plant my Fall crops.  Below are photos that I have taken today.

Plots at my mami and papi’s house

A few weeks ago I harvested all of my beets, carrots and some of my first ripe tomatoes.  Today I cleaned up my plots and sowed my first round of Fall lettuce.  I can’t wait for fresh crisp greens again.  Next week I’ll harvest my cabbage and make a few more jars of fermented kimchi.

Sowed 2 more rows of Mesclun Mix
My potato harvest, lol!  Next year I will try a different method than the coffee sack 😉
Community Garden Plots
Today I cleaned up all of my plots in the community garden.  I lost 2 zucchini plants with all of the rain and I gave up on most of my peppers.  I am excited though as in these plots I planted my Fall crops of brussels sprouts, red cabbage, radishes, beets, spinach, bak choi and romaine lettuce.  Lord willing, we’ll see a better Fall harvest.
Spanish variety zucchini that died 🙁  It was so nom nom to!!
Yellow Crookneck
Eggplants finally starting to produce
Tomatillos finally starting to produce
In this bed I kept 4 pepper plants and sowed Fall crops
I’m using a row cover on my brussels sprouts to keep any bugs away!
Home
My crops at home are doing wonderfully.  My corn in the front yard looks gorgeous!  Okay… it definitely did not grow like it should have.  I should have thinned them out, however, they look great in the front yard and I can’t believe all of the compliments that I have received.  The corn is starting to come in but small.  I’m not counting on the harvest but anything will be appreciated!  I’m definitely going to let the stalks dry as I think it will look wonderful in the Fall.  I’ll place a couple of pumpkins by the dried corn and voila… instant decoration 🙂
Although we are getting quite a crop of raspberries, the kids do not leave any behind!
I LOVE my Grow Boxes!!
I have harvested at least 40 cucumbers which have made me about 12 pints of pickles 😀
White flesh Spanish variety melon growing in the Grow Box!
My tomato plants at my house are doing wonderfully!  I’m planning on freezing these tomato’s whole.
Not too bad, right?  So what’s next?  I’m planning on pulling out all of my cucumbers and replacing it with swiss chard.  I have a new Earth Box to review which I am planning on sowing with carrots.  If things turn out right, I would like to keep these two containers under my front porch during the winter.  I should then be able to cut or pull out what I need during the cold months.  Fingers crossed here!  I also have another idea using a gutter!  I’m excited to try my hand at winter gardening so if you have any tips, please share.
So how has your gardening season been?

This post is a part of Simple Lives Thursday.

Diana is a mother of three, proud wife, and humbled daughter of God. She finds the most joy meeting with Jesus in her organic gardens. She is completely blessed to be able to call herself a stay at home mom where she home educates her children, joyfully serves her husband, and cooks nourishing, real food, for her family. She loves connecting with people on facebook, google+, pinterest, and instagram.

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