Garden bounty

When we closed on the house at the end of July, the previous tenants had a humongous vegetable garden growing. Seriously. You could have fed the better part of the block with the tomatoes alone.

These are from closing day –garden1

garden2

outside-potting

Sadly, the potting shed had to go. It wasn’t built properly, and we were told by our inspector that it should come down asap – second only to the electrocution-enabling electrical meter box.

So Dave and Tony pulled it (the shed) down. It was… messy. We’ll go with messy.

There is still a pile of construction debris, somewhere under the 5′ pile of snow in the back yard. We didn’t quite get to ordering a dumpster before the bad weather hit. So that’s on the list for this spring, pretty much as soon as the snow melts. I think we’ll also be pulling down the compost bin (again, improperly built; the wood of the bin is as much compost as the contents) which is just out of frame in that last picture.

Since we weren’t living in the house in August when our 2,000 tomatoes were ready, we sadly missed out on a lot of them. We did take several bags of them back to our apartment though and ate and/or gave away as many as we could.

tomatoes

One weekend’s harvest.

By the time we were living in the house in late September, most of the produce was done. With the exception of a lot. A. Lot. of celery. So one cool fall day, I went out and harvested it.

celery

This is what 2.5 lbs of celery looks like when it’s stuffed into your sink.

Once I’d de-bugged and generally cleaned, chopped and weighed the celery, I made cream of celery soup.

celerysoup

(Yes, Dave allowed me in the kitchen once.)

It was a different, less creamy texture than the commercial variety – I think our skinny little celery stalks were more fibrous than we’re used to – but surprisingly tasty.

We haven’t discussed how much of the garden will be veggies this year, but we’ve been throwing around plants like zucchini and string beans and tomatoes and some herbs – basil, thyme, maybe parsley and lavender.

And I’m still hoping that one-apple tree will surprise us all in fall 2014. Maybe with 2 apples.

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