After a spell of really rainy, windy, gray weather, we were pleasantly surprised with a sunny weekend! So, I was finally motivated to take some more photos of the vegetable garden exuberance. El niño might be acting up, but the garden is bursting at the seams.
For those playing along at home:
- Edibles enjoyed so far: all the radishes, tons of carrots, scallions, peas, fava beans, spinach, arugula, all herbs, lettuces, fennel, beets, kale, chard.
- Bolted/out/over: arugula (made honey-smelling flowers), cilantro, mesclun, giant spinach (see flowers below), 'sea of red' lettuce (aphids).
- Currently eating: fava beans, baby spinach, peas, more carrots, fennel, all herbs, kale, chard, scallions, purple basil (some leggy seedlings met the salad bowl tonight rather than the plot).
- Next: squashes, cucumbers, pole beans, melon, more basil, summer flowers.
Fava beans (center), 'cosmic purple' carrots (left), peas (right)
Blueberries, ripening in the sun
'Heaen on Earth' roses. Way too much rain lately, but some blossoms made it.
'Tall Telephone' peas -- up to about 8' now
'Laxton's Progress' peas -- earliest harvest, super sweet
Mexican Sour Gherkin
Chard, Marigolds and Kale
'Giant Spinach' flowers -- I let a few crops go to flower so far, just to see what they'd look like. These are a few feet tall and kind of hairy in between the tiny petals.
Basil, ready for transplanting. I've also started 25 new basil plants indoors... I can see the future, and it is PESTO.
Artichokes & Sunflower babies
Tomatillo & Tomato alley. I started with 20 seedlings, gave some away and composted a few... We're now down to a manageable 10 or 11.
'Violet Jasper' tomato
'Gravenstein' apple espalier
Summer in the works: squashes, cucumbers, melon, basil and hot peppers