Gardening in West Virginia...
We started gardening when we bought our first house in the foothills of the Catskill Mountains in New York State. Seventeen years later we moved to Raleigh, NC and left behind a garden that included an asparagus bed that produced about 1/2 pound of tender spears a day during the season, a super strawberry bed, several semi-dwarf fruit trees, and a garden plot that was about 50' x 60'. We only did minimal gardening in Raleigh due to lack of space.
One of our goals when we retired was to have enough land for gardening and a climate somewhat cooler than Raleigh and warmer than Saugerties, NY. We found what we were looking for in Canvas, West Virginia. We wanted to grow our own fruits and vegetables. We bought our land during the winter of 1993-1994 and planted a row of asparagus as soon as we could. It is still producing more than 20 years later.
Over the years we planted several fruit trees - and lost a few to the derecho in 2012 and a heavy, wet snow from Tropical Storm Sandy later that year. We replaced five trees in 2013. We now have six apple trees, two cherry (one sour and one sweet), and three peach. There also is a mulberry tree that we planted for the birds to enjoy. We have a half dozen or so blueberry bushes, red and black raspberries, blackberries, grapes, strawberries and rhubarb (which goes well with the strawberries).
Nancy freezes all but the apples. She also makes jams and fruit toppings for pancakes. We store some of the apples in our refrigerator in plastic bags to prevent moisture loss and dehydrate the rest. We also peel, slice and dehydrate apples which store well in our freezer.
Our garden space usually has tomatoes, green beans, peas, radishes, lettuce, carrots, peppers, cabbage, broccoli, squash, cucumbers, onions, spinach, turnips, cantaloupes, elephant garlic and horseradish. Nancy cans tomatoes, makes low carb barbeque sauce, ketchup and salsa and freezes green beans, turnips, spinach and aspargus.
Our house is very aromatic when it's time to process the peppers, garlic and horseradish! Nancy cans the pickles with slices of garlic. She also uses her food processor to chop up the horseradish and puts it up with some vinegar in 1 cup canning jars, then puts the jars in the freezer. Every time we open a new jar, the first few servings are really potent!
Below are some old photos of our garden and yard. Photos from more recent years can be found in the "Miscellaneous Photos" section of our home page.
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