Friday, July 10, 2009

the official garden update

remember this?
now it is this!
the first thing we ate out of our garden--the one radish that didn't bolt when it was 90 degrees: a german giant!
of course there is sweet corn....

pardon my french, but that zucchini is looking mighty erect...
oh speckled lettuce, how i love you so...you make a fun, attractive salad, yet your leaves are so well suited for my hamburgers as well...
these shelling peas tasted amazing in my last salad!
grrrrr....don't mess with mr. scarecrow!
my thoughts on potatoes: people have suggested straw or dirt to build up the potato beds, and i have had some success with dirt using simply potatoes left too long in my pantry (as opposed to "seed" potatoes.) BUT what i have found is that using straw in this particular climate leaves the plants vulnerable to slugs (oooooooh, i hate those nasty beasts!!) who easily infiltrate the mounds. so we, just last week, switched to dirt in hopes of saving our plants that we have been babying for months. unfortunately we lost one huge bed of russian banana potatoes growing since february to slugs, but i am trying to put it all behind me and look toward the future, a future filled with russets, yellows, and reds....
the beets are aaaaaalmost there, but not quite
squashes courtesy of chemynne and michael: kombocha and butternut, i believe....
its the LEGUME row! from left to right: scarlet runner beans, oregon sugar pods, kentucky wonder beans, garden and shelling peas, and favas.
not pictured are the watermelons (hope it gets hot enough to actually get some fruit), pickling cucumbers, scallions, onions, cabbages (good lord, will i ever get one that is not nibbled by those slimy beasts??), bok choy (sadly bolted before we could enjoy), parsnips, carrots, and celery.


but in other areas of the yard: blue pumpkins, B's tomatoes, garlic, plus...

...and so many herbs that are out of control. mayan made this special "frog throte tea" for Blake when he lost his voice with lemon balm, sage, oregano, and mint...oh and lots and lots of LOVE she said!
Eat your vegetables!

Mayan enjoys a pea from her own little garden--is there anything so sweet?

4 comments:

LA RN said...

Love the tats...

And what a beautiful garden! Wow! That zucchini blossom is gorgeous and if you wanted to pick them now you could stuff the flower with herbed ricotta then bread and fry them. Yummy!

My potatoes are also victim to little buggers. Aphids. It looks like a locust plague hit them.

I envy your lettuce. I disdainfully scoff at lettuce from the grocery store... bagged mesculan mix.. Puh-leaze!

Mom used to grow some amazing peas when we lived in Alaska. Me and Meesh would chow down on them. I wonder if mom always thought they weren't producing....

Nice job! Noah is stoked!

Nicole said...

ooohhh, just beautiful!!!

LittleYogini said...

whooaaaa! i'm so jealous! our garden is doing alright, but we haven't had much sun or heat. lots of rain...it's been a bit sunnier lately, so fingers crossed.

our cilantro bolted. dang it. i'm not sure if my cabbage has bolted...i need to look online to see how to know when something has bolted. with the cilantro it was easier cuz there were just flowers, no leaves.

looking forward to seeing you in august and sneaking some veggies out of your garden ;-)

radishly said...

lovely garden! We had some bolting as well, curse that wonderful sun.

Have you been checking your cabbage leaves for green worm eggs and green worms? They're visible to the naked eye and daily flicking and squishing should help to preserve those pest prone brassicas.