June Garden Status

We started growing veggies every summer about five years ago.  We started with square foot gardening and have modified our approach every year.  This year’s garden is the largest by far.  Our ultimate goal is to grow enough food to provide all the veggies we would need for several months.  It is a lofty goal and it won’t happen this year, but each year we make progress.  Last year I was able to can some tomatoes and freeze some green beans for the first time.  This year I hope to preserve more.  Here is what we have growing right now:

Squash or cucumbers. Not sure yet!

Squash or cucumbers. Not sure yet!

Japanese corn that is good for popcorn!

Japanese corn that is good for popcorn!

Several varieties of tomatoes.

Several varieties of tomatoes.

Lots of peas!

Radishes that have grown their own seeds!

Green beans

Green beans in the foreground and watermelon in the background

Butter lettuce. You know it is good if the word butter is involved.

Butter lettuce. You know it is good if the word butter is involved.

Carrots

Carrots

Beets. Good for juicing!

Beets. Good for juicing!

Something fun we found this summer is a volunteer squash plant in our pasture.

Surprise squash in the pasture.

Surprise squash in the pasture.

Last summer I threw some veggies over the pasture fence for the chickens to munch on.  Apparently I sowed a seed or two without knowing it.  The cool things about our volunteer squash:

  1.  I didn’t know I planted a seed there.
  2. The plants have been growing without any help from me.  No watering.  They actually look better than the squash I planted in my intentional garden.
  3. None of the barnyard animals have rooted up or destroyed the plants.

What does this tell me?  Sometimes we plant seeds without knowing it.  Somehow those seeds continue to grow and bloom unbeknownst to us.  Sometimes those seeds are protected without our intervention.  Pretty awesome, huh?  It reminds me how sometimes I pray for a person to gain salvation.  I want to say the right things and do the right things and be the good example I know they need in order to “convince” them that following God is good.  The thing is, sometimes all God asks or wants us to do is to plant that seed.  That is it.  Plant the seed and walk away.  He will do the rest.  He will send the nourishment to germinate the seed.  He will send the sunshine and water to grow the seed.  He will protect the seed from predators.  God is awesome like that.

So what is growing in your garden?  What are you going to preserve this year?