PBP – New Garden Images

This is an update on the garden… things are growing! “Well, duh,” you might say, and you would be right in saying so.
I gathered a small harvest of the Swiss Chard on Wednesday for dinner, my mom and I loooooove the stuff, I think we’ll need a bigger patch of it next year. I would have liked the lot of it on my plate, alas, there was me, my mama, and the Man to feed, so none more for me. It tasted divine, I’ll have you know. I’m ever grateful for the food these plants provide me and my family.

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This is a look at the whole veggie garden. It doesn’t seem like it’s doing overly much from the picture, or even when you look at it from afar, I think it’s because what’s in the beds are for the most part green, and the grass in between is as well. I’m hoping to line each bed at the end of harvest season and even a few of the far ones out for next year. I’m not sure yet if I’m leaving the paths in between as grass, or if I will be vinegar-ing the grass and putting perhaps wood mulch? If you have any good suggestions, I’m willing to lend an ear! We’ll be getting some horse and cow manure from my sister’s farm in the fall, and I hope that will help the sandy beds retain more water.

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This is the big, leafy rhubarb. It’s been doing really well getting settled in its new home. We had a goodly amount of rain on Monday as a storm rolled through, and this among many other plants just decided to get ginormous overnight. I can’t wait til I can make some custard and rhubarb pies, and rhubarb strawberry pies… yum!

 

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These are the zucchinis, there was supposed to be 5, but only 3 came up so I reseeded the other two on Tuesday night. I’m hoping this will allow for a longer zucchini season, as long as they germinate and grow.

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Lovely, frothy carrot greens. They got quite big the day after I thinned them out. Unfortunately I only read after the fact that you can eat the greens. They smelled terrific, and I think would do very well in a salad.
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Mmm, beets. I thinned these out in the same sitting as the carrots, but these I already knew I could eat. YUUUUM! There were quite a few young plants that I pulled up, leading me to think about sowing fewer seeds (especially for plants which the greens cannot be eaten). Yet, even the carrots and beets, I may sow fewer and just eat the greens when I harvest the roots. We shall see.2014-07-02 205 This is the beautiful Rainbow Lights Swiss Chard growing away. I love it when you can begin some harvesting, it’s a slow process, a few things here and there, and then the trickle of food becomes stronger, heavier, fills up your baskets quicker, until you have a glut of things at the height of harvest season. Aaaah…. I love me the processes of nature and life.2014-07-02 206 The salad patch. I have four different lettuces, although the two red salads I sowed don’t seem to be particularly prolific. Ah well, always next year!2014-07-02 207

I cannot wait till these onions are all done so I can cook em all up and eat the greens. I may freeze the greens. If I like these kind of onions, I will let one or two go to seed for next year (seed collecting is definitely part of my gardening plan).2014-07-02 208 Where are you, oh cauliflower head? Please hurry up so I can drizzle cheesy sauce on you.2014-07-02 209

Pumpkins! I’m very excited for these as I want to roast some seeds, and make some pies and breads and soups. Oh, how I love Thee, Pumpkin!2014-07-02 2010 My beans have finally started climbing up their poles! The day after that heavy rain, this is what I saw. It’s an amazing feeling watching the things you care for, tend, and love growing so well and happily. They hear my songs all the while I water.2014-07-02 2011

I cannot tell you how excited I am for my basil patch turning into pesto. CAN. NOT. TELL. YOU. I have sweet, Genovese, and cinnamon. 2014-07-02 2012 The Canada day petunias doing ever so well hanging on either side of the front door to our house. I always found they had an interesting smell, sweet, yet something deeper, and darker to them. 2014-07-02 2013 Potato flowers! They’re so pretty, and you can’t tell at all that they are related to the tomatoes and bittersweet nightshade in the following photos at all, can you? Oh, the solanaceaes!2014-07-03 08 I have always loved touching and smelling tomato plants. I was adjusting them on Wednesday night, as they are growing like crazy, and my hands continued to smell like fresh tomatoes all the night long. Well, until I had to wash my hands. 2014-07-03 081

I helped this bittersweet nightshade (which now has a gagillion berries all over the place) earlier this spring (when I couldn’t tell what it was), by pruning it and situating it more sturdily onto the wheel it has claimed as a trellis. I’m glad I did. I love the sweet little flowers, and when the berries turn red, they look like little jewels dripping off the stems.
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20 thoughts on “PBP – New Garden Images

  1. I’m absolutely loving your crop pics! Regarding the paths, in our community garden, we’ve tried both wood chips and clover. I find I much prefer the latter as it’s a nitrogen fixing plant anyway, and attracts all sorts of wonderful pollinators. Besides, wood chips are such a pain to spread, and then to keep out of the veggies if the beds aren’t raised.

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    • Thanks!
      And thanks for the tip! Hmm… I guess this means more digging for me to do, lol. Though for the most part, almost the entire area is quite sandy, so it won’t be terribly difficult to dig up. I’ll also have to mark out each plot, unless I decide to shape the beds differently next year (I think that might not happen since I chose the 4 ft wide plots for a reason). Thank you very kindly! I do love me some clover! Is there a particular kind that would keep quite low to the ground without much need for maintenance?

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  2. How lovely! This year here it is all about changing the interior space of the two dwellings here to reflect changes of our personal mental interiors — recovery from a PTSD crisis and the resultant fractures in a long marriage. But next year? We look forward to revitalizing the neglected-this-year gardens!

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    • Thank you!
      Sorry to hear about the situation, but I hope it’s on the mend now. It’s always important to change things in order to better reflect who we are, then we can readily be ourselves (especially in our home environments) more easily, which helps greatly with one’s own comfort and ease. Here’s hoping for a fantastic gardening year in the next cycle for you! 🙂

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      • Oh, yes, things are marvelously in motion here to better times. Much healing is ensuing — and I like to make physically manifest the changes that reflect not only the breakage in life’s course, but the new growth and healing! So while it is chaotic, it is a reflection of change for a better.

        So I will slightly envy your garden this year, and hope to make mine reflect its beauty NEXT year.

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  3. What a great garden! I wish I had more space to grow a garden and also that I had known we were going to be staying in this home sooner in the growing season. We thought we were moving out of state so I only planted a couple things. Maybe next year will bring a lovely garden!

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    • Thank you!
      Aww, yeah, things sometimes make it harder to know what to plan. I’m already planning what I will be doing next year… it will come sooner than you know 😉

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