Monday, April 25, 2011
The chard leaves are tender and soft; one huge leaf makes an amazing salad for two when I add a few lettuce leaves from the next garden bed over. So, although not nearly as flashy, I also have added a photo of a row of mixed salad greens. (And, yes, that is a tomato plant in the same row. It will take over when the lettuces are done in by the heat.)
Tuesday, April 12, 2011
You can see from the photo that some of my tomatoes are mixed in with my young lettuces. I figure by the time the tomatoes put on some size the lettuce with either be done for the year or will need the shade. (I planted 5 tomato plants, one each of four varieties I have never grown before: African Queen, Goldman's Italian, and two whose names I can't remember, plus one sungold cherry tomato). The next photo shows two of the tomato plants beside the covered peppers. Note the rod that holds the four milk jugs together, and keeps them from blowing out of the garden.
You also can see that my earliest blueberry (sorry, I lost all the tags on their third move around the yard, so I don't know what variety it is) is all set, with berries getting ready to start ripening. The final photo is the amazing lettuce from last fall, against a backdrop of this spring's sugar snap peas. I love the spring garden, but have to admit my garden was put to shame by one I visited yesterday. Every vegetable in it was spectacular; they were harvesting big, perfect lettuces, spinach, broccoli, peas from a fall planting!, turnips, and more. I was inspired, and will give my garden a good talking to.
Monday, April 4, 2011
The bees were not the only work this weekend. The amazing flat leaf parsley that grows under the blueberries was getting ready to go to seed. You can tell this is coming when the plant begins to put out a thick, elongated, central stem - this will be the seed stalk. So, I went to work, harvesting all the fresh smelling, dark green leaves from around the stem, leaving it to go to seed to start next year's parsley plants! Here you see the beautiful parsley, the stems left behind, and the pile of leaves only that I clipped off the stems, rinsed, and and now preparing to dry. I love the smell of fresh parsley!