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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.


Click on a photo to see a slightly larger image and/or to scroll through the photos.

Asparagus bed
1995

Garden
1996

Blue Spruce & Irises
1999

Herbs
1999

MacIntosh Apple
1999

Purple Coneflowers
1999

Double Impatiens
2001

Lilacs
2004

MacIntosh Apple
2004

Red Haven Peaches
2004

Sedum (Brilliance)
2004

Black Bear
2009

Blue Spruce
2009

Garden (new fence)
2009

Azelea
2012

Daffodils & Primroses
2012

Dogwood & Redbud
2012

Flowering Crabapple
2012

Roses & Hollyhocks
(Melva Zabrina)
2012

Sour Cherry Tree
2012

Peonies
2013

More Peonies
2013

Blue Spruce
2013

Lilacs
2013

Purle & White Irises
2013

Sunflowers
2013

Tomatoes
2013

Some Fruit Trees
June, 2014

Pole Beans
June, 2014

Rhubarb & Red Raspberries
June, 2014

Blueberries
June, 2014

Horseradish & Black Raspberries
June, 2014

Elephant Garlic & Onions
June, 2014

Black Rapberries & Strawberries
June, 2014

Snow Peas, Cabbage,
Peppers & Tomatoes
June, 2014

Pole Bean Trellis
June, 2014

Rhubarb & Red Raspberries
June, 2014


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