Sunday, June 30, 2013

Garden is looking good

My garden plot 29 June 2013
I took this picture yesterday morning after I watered the garden, just as the sun was hitting it. The grass in the foreground needs to be chopped down, but the next thing you see is my delicious lettuce and beets. The poor cabbage in the next row back might not make it, since the slugs are enjoying it way too much.

Ah, the nasturtiums, those peppery and very tasty flowers, are doing just great. They make a wonderful addition to a salad, but they are also something I never forget to snack on while I'm watering the garden.
So pretty and tasty, too
Last year I snacked on Carol's nasturtiums because I didn't plant any myself. I remedied my oversight this year, and since Carol didn't plant any this season, she is welcome to mine. There are certainly more than enough. Plus I really enjoy looking at them.
Borage in the morning sunlight
I see that my adjacent garden neighbor has also planted some borage in his garden. The plant is supposed to attract insects that keep troublemakers like aphids away. I haven't seen any aphids yet, but nothing seems to keep the slugs away from any cruciferous plants. They don't touch the beets or beans, but they just love the cabbage. I've seen that they also snack occasionally on the nasturtiums, but not to a huge degree.

And then in the very back, near the fence, I have sugar snap peas that are flowering and putting out those incredibly tasty pea pods. You just pop the entire thing in your mouth and it's like almost like eating a piece of candy, they are so sweet and delightful.
Sugar snap peas
Last year I planted kale, collards, and cabbage. Since the aphids and slugs decimated them, I decided only to try the cabbage this year. If they don't survive, next year they will be missing from my garden, too. They did form cabbages last year, finally, and they were so good that I am hoping the same thing will happen this year. We'll see. Anyhow, I am very pleased with my wonderful garden so far this season.
:-)

35 comments:

  1. Wow, it's growing fast! That's a vivid image, you grazing while tending to the garden!

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  2. Your garden looks great. You certainly have a nice variety of things.

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  3. Looking good! You are quite the gardener:)

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  4. You make gardening sound so romantic, but I know that it takes a lot of work on your part. Congrats!

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  5. it looks good and healthy! and YUM sugar snap peas!

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  6. Haven't heard as much about your garden this year. Glad to get this picture & report. I hope the cabbages make it, they look good in the photo. Your description of the peas makes my mouth water.

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  7. wow you have a whole lot of green going on there...i really need to try some nasturnums...dont know that i ever have tried them...

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  8. I've never seen nor tasted a nasturtium. Interesting to see them and to know that they are edible and delicious.
    The photos of your garden are great. Thank you for posting them.
    Your garden is coming in as mine has gone. The growing zones are different, and it is lovely to see that your crops are beautifully ready to be harvested. Our corn was delicious...as were the peas, squash, and tomatoes. But, they are gone now. Almost time to plant the fall garden...August will be planting time for us.
    Hugs to you, Jan.
    Jackie

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  9. Your garden does look great, DJan. It's a community garden plot, yes? We have several close to our house...and I think they are part of different churches, but I've been meaning to check into it. I'd love to have a plot.

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  10. What a difference a few weeks can make. The garden looks wonderful with lots of delicious things in there to munch on.

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  11. lush and green and colorful. thank you for naming the plant along with the pictures.

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  12. I can taste those pea pods from here! Everything looks delicious, and so beautifully cared for, too.

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  13. I have never eaten a nasturtium and am feeling like I'm missing out!

    Your garden looks fantastic. We've been reveling in the first strawberries of the season from our patch on the south side of our house. The garden is much improved over last month, but it seems our spring & shortened growing season have had an affect on many gardens. I did have to pick up six more tomato cages though - they look promising!

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  14. Your garden is looking so beautiful DJan. You made my mouth water with your descriptions of the sugar snap peas. I hope the cabbage survives, there is nothing like fresh cabbage.

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  15. What? No zucchini? Now that's a plant you can usually count on producing a abundant crop!
    I'm so glad you are enjoying your garden.

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  16. Didn't know you could eat nasturtiums. I will have to try some. Your garden is really looking good.
    Snap peas are my favorite walk around snack.

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  17. I listened to a gardener who said the only real way to deal with slugs is to pick them off. She has a helmet light and goes out after dark and picks the little beggars up and dispatches them. I started doing this routine last year.

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  18. Your garden is looking WONDERFUL. Hard work, more than rewarded. I love nasturiums and must remember to plant some this year. And sugar snap peas are always a winner.

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  19. What a grand garden !
    Fresh sugar snap peas, and cabbage what could be better...
    You really have the perfect spot for the allotment there, it's all so very rewarding.
    ~Jo

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  20. Wow.. it's growing quickly and looking very good. I love seeing how your garden grows. And I'm very impress that you snapped that first shot a full month into the future. ;)

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  21. Woweeee! Your garden looks amazing, DJan! I am so impressed. I love sugar snap peas. Yum. I've never actually eaten nasturtium flowers although I've heard they're good in salads. I'll have to try it one of these days. There are neighbors up the street who have them. I don't think they eat them though.

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  22. Mmmmm! Beautiful and delicious. Had my first pea pods yesterday, but they did not make it into the salad. They disappeared on the way into the house!

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  23. Oh my gosh....this is really doing great! Green thumb indeed. Lots of work, but oh so worth it when the reaping comes in time.

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  24. You know more people in the world should have a garden. In the cities, I have seen many people start rooftop gardens and quite successful. We have always had a small garden in the yard and love those "first tastes" and continue to enjoy until all gone or preserved. Your garden is lovely DJan and it looks healthy. Have a great day.

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  25. What a beautiful garden. I posted photos of mine but yours is a PROPER garden!

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  26. You have the makings for several wonderful meals. It looks very tasty.

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  27. I just finished reading, "Turn Here Sweet Corn" about organic farming works. They talk about all the beneficial bugs in organic soil. Among other things. I'd be happy if they stay in the soil though.

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  28. Looks like the garden is doing very well. I hope you cabbages survive the slugs. Definitely summer green and grande! :)

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  29. ...and so you should be. Your garden looks wonderful and all delicious. Soon you'll be giving us some recipes, won't you? Isn't it amazing how one year on you have the perfect allotment! keeping deer and rabbits and aphids at bay and enjoying the fruits of your labours.

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  30. Dear DJan, all those wonderful vegetables you've planted and that you show us in all their vigor and beauty. A beauty they simple are---they don't think about it. They just "be." Peace.

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  31. And nary a weed in sight. Your doing good DJ. And sugar snaps are better than candy...:)

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  32. How interesting, the crops you plant for summer are what we grow in the winter. Way too hot to grow kale and cabbage here unless you have a hot house that has a cooling system. I do buy, at a local farmer's market, some kale that is grown in that type of facility.

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