A glorious greenhouse and gargantuan gardens.

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Although the blog has been quiet, the homestead has been anything but!  It’s been a crazy, busy Spring (our busiest season) and we are super excited to share with everyone what we have been up too.

There has been an addition added to the garden that will allow us to expand our short growing season….we’ve added a GREENHOUSE! I’m sure you can all sense my excitement and enthusiasm.

Jeremiah has been hard at work designing and building our 16′ X 7′ greenhouse and with this new addition comes extra growing room, more crop growing opportunities and longer growing seasons. Hallelujah!

We’ve taken tons of photos during the project and are delighted with the end result. Check out all our updated photos below.

Because of the addition of our greenhouse, this years garden has already outgrown us and we are overwhelmed with copious amounts of fresh veggies on the daily.

Canning season is upon us…let the fun begin. Canning recipes coming soon. In the meantime, check out the progress pics from the garden:

Stage 1: Seedlings, layout and garden bed prep

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Greenhouse seedlings growing well
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baby tomato plants
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Squash alley
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Garden bed prep-early Spring
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The barrel is where we grow our potatoes!

Stage 2: Transplantation 

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Zucchini successfully transplanted
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Baby tomatoes are all ready to go
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Bell Peppers
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Rhubarb took well to transplant, already sprouted new leaves
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Butternut squash
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Peas, winter squash, eggplant and squash alley
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Baby herbs ready to grow

Stage 3: Growth

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1st plantings starting to pop
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Happy plants

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The sunflowers are almost 4 feet tall.
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Tomatoes have grown
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My happy place
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Green goodness

Stage 4: Harvest, the best part!

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First zucchini of the season was splendid
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First full harvest basket of 2017: Spinach, zucchini and strawberries
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2nd harvest basket of 2017: Rainbow swiss chard, spinach, parsley, 2 variety’s of basil and more strawberries.

Stage 5: Recipes and Preservation

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Who doesn’t love fresh grilled veggies from the garden?!

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Loving summer and the grilled kale
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Finished product before the sandwich building begins
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Fresh grilled veggie sandwich with a side of balsamic roasted brussels
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Preservation methods vary, but we love canning!

Gardening isn’t for everybody, it’s a lot of work but the rewards are refreshing!

Happy Gardening!

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