Moving into a house (in the middle of a snowy winter) that has sat empty for two years can make for some interesting finding in the landscaping when spring rolls around! All around our back porch was a thick blanket of every weed imaginable to central Indiana. To control the chaos, Emma and I (and a warm Hope tucked in my belly) worked really hard breaking up the ground and pulling weed after weed. Once the weeds were under control the desire to think about landscaping was exhausting. Making the decision to wait until next year to "landscape", we hated to see good dirt and mulch go to waste. So why not plant tomatoes and peppers?
Off to Lowes Emma and I went. We purchased Veggie Tale tomato seeds to compliment the Bert and Ernie pepper seeds her Papaw and Grandma gave her. Tiny little seeds they are. How exciting to watch Emma so carefully plant those seeds and water them every morning. Pretty soon our living room window sill looked like one great greenhouse!
The weather got warm and the starts were tall and healthy enough to put outside. Around the porch we went, planting each plant in a hole of awesome compost from our own scraps.
Then came August. Red tomatoes, green peppers, and cilantro...sounds like a match made in heaven to me. Harvest time. Emma got to pick the first crops. She held them like a trophy.
Then came September. More tomatoes and peppers that I could ever imagine from just a few seeds. Many hours spent in the kitchen, slicing, dicing, salsa making and canning. Nothing like the smell of simmering salsa. And nothing like the cans lined up in the pantry. Isn't it beautiful?
And this was just the beginning. The count rose to 39 pints of canned tomatoes and 49 pints of salsa. This doesn't include what we ate, gave away, and the amount my mom canned!!! A wonderful harvest Emma - job well done!
Then came October. All good things must come to an end, right? Yesterday I tore out the tomato vines and gathered the last of the red tomatoes. Also sitting on our porch right now is over 60 green tomatoes awaiting me to tuck them into paper grocery sacks to finish ripening. Sort of sad to see the naked rails of the porch. The end.
Are you kidding? This is just the beginning! I am so excited to enjoy the canned and froze tomatoes in many soups this winter. Not to mention the comfort of making our own pizza and spaghetti sauces. What a good feeling to know what my family is eating and where it came from.
So maybe the plants and the act of harvesting are finished, but this isn't the end. Tiny seeds...they just keep giving.
Thank you God for the natural gifts you placed on this earth for us to enjoy!!!