May 28 2009

How My Garden Grows

More garden pictures!  Things have really grown a lot lately, with the rain and warm weather we’ve had.

The turnips were a total flop.  I still think there must be some imbalance in our soil that encourages extra top growth at the expense of the roots, because they made enormous tops, but started to go to seed without ever making much of a root.  Here’s one I pulled yesterday:

Sad Turnip

Sad Turnip

Fortunately, the chickens like the leaves, so they aren’t a total loss.

Turnip Greens for Lunch

Turnip Greens for Lunch

The green beans have really grown in the last week or so.  They may start putting on blooms before long, if we get some more warm sunny weather.

Green Beans Overflowing

Green Beans Overflowing

Once I feed the last couple turnips to the chickens, I’m hoping to fill in between the green beans and herbs with a few cabbage plants, but the beans may fill in the space before I get a chance.  The sage keeps going to seed; we tried cutting it back, but it insists on blooming.  It’s kinda pretty, at least.  I guess I should check and see if the blooms are good for anything.

Herbs

Herbs - (left to right) Oregano, Rosemary, Sage, Thyme

On to the sad-looking peas.  I took the wire away from on top of them, and tried putting some moving bird things there instead.  I think the birds were sitting on the wire and pecking at the peas through it, so it wasn’t helping much.  The peas actually look better now.  They’ve got a lot of blooms, and they’re just starting to make pods.  This first picture is the Little Marvels, with a couple plants of Grand Rapids lettuce next to them, and then a full row of Biff lettuce.

Peas and Lettuce

Peas and Lettuce

Here are the carrots, which I thinned mercilessly the other day, the cabbages that I haven’t transplanted or given away yet, and the Swiss chard.  We’re going to have to start eating chard more often before it gets out of hand.

Carrots, Cabbage, and Swiss Chard

Carrots, Cabbage, and Swiss Chard

And here’s the other end of the plot, the Swiss Chard again, then the edible-podded peas.  There are some pods on those already, but not enough for a meal; so I’m trying to leave them until there are more and hoping they don’t get stringy.

Swiss Chard and Peas

Swiss Chard and Peas

Next time I’ll have pictures from the garden plot by the friary, and hopefully some of a bowl of fresh peas!

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