My summer plans are to garden as much as possible. I sit on pins and needles just waiting for the garden to start coming in. But because of all the rain Kentucky has had, the garden isn't even broken up yet. My Grandmother says as long as it's in the ground by the end of May I'm still in good shape. I have to pull everything up, get all the tomato stakes out and get it tilled up.
I saved purple hull pea seed from last year. It was the first time ever that I'd grown them and it will be a permanent fixture in the garden. Easy to grow, harvest, and freeze. I also saved cantaloupe seed and butter nut squash seed that will go out. I'm also planting corn, banana peppers, jalapenos, and of course my all time favorite - TOMATOES!! No meal is complete without a homegrown, still warm from the sun, tomato. Oh yes, let's not forget cucumbers. The boys HAVE to have their dill pickles.
People are surprised that I can. I'm told it's too complicated, too much work, etc. It can be complicated for a beginner, but information is out there if you just look and ask questions! I don't even consider it work. I enjoy gardening. I love seeing my little pantry stocked with jar after jar after jar. It's "my thing". I truly love doing it.
Squash pickles, dill pickles, and salsa
Spaghetti sauce and mustard relish
Green beans going into jars for canning
Strawberry lemon marmalade
What are you plans this summer?