Hello, My Friends!~~
One of the many things I adore about late spring is the fact that the sun starts shining 5:30 in the morning. I love getting up early. The air is so fresh and quiet. I can spend time in our vegetable garden before anyone is stirring. I took photos early this morning to show you what I mostly grew from seed in our new greenhouse this year.
Pole beans started from seeds I harvested from last year's crop and grown in a container with bamboo climbing supports.
Tomatoes! I am so excited about these plants because I have never grown tomatoes from seed before. The pots in these photos are only a third of our crop of tomatoes this year. Oh, and BTW, all of our vegetables are grown organically. I use our garden compost and lots of worm castings (poop). To combat pests, I either pluck them off (gross) or use insecticidal soap.
Celery! OK, this is the only plant in our garden we bought. The originaly tiny celery plants are huge now and are growing in a cast off wheelbarrow from our neighbors. We have already harvested some celery stems for salads or for dipping in peanut butter! Yum yum!
Peas! This one of four pea gardens we have going this year. Just look at all of those pods! Fresh garden peas in pasta with extra virgin olive oil--Heaven! I started these peas directly in the garden after soaking them.
A bush variety of summer squash begun in the greenhouse. I put in vintage croquet stakes next to the plants to add support if needed.
I love onions! So far we have harvested quite a lot of green onions for salads, slicing for sandwiches, and for grilling. This in one of 6 onion patches we have going this year. Most of the onions were started from a bundle of hundreds of small plants or from small onion sets bought by the scoop at the garden center. We have garlic growing too.
Beets! I think the leaves are so lovely. I started these from seeds sown directly into the cold frame. We now keep the cold frame permanently open for the warm weather months. We can harvest baby beets if we want to.
Strawberries---delicious! I have strawberry plants in two strawberry pots and in a salvaged broken wheelbarrow. So far we have enjoyed about two pints of juicy berries from our small garden.
Cumcumbers ready to climb. These were started in the greenhouse too! In the lower left corner you can see small onions which I started from seed for the first time.
We have lots of lettuce growing in containers which means we have lots of salads. Warm weather means bolting lettuce, so we're eating it as fast as we can!
I have several dwarf varieties of blueberries in containers. Hopefully we'll harvet enough this year to make at least a small tart---a very small tart.
Our garden space doesn't really lend itself to many flowers, but I did put in some lovely nastutiums (edible peppery flavored flowers!) into a pot along with a bell pepper plant.
And finally, we are trying grapes this year. Our neighbor Joe gave us these vines after cleaning them out of his garden. They orginally looked like dead sticks but you can see from this one they are now vining and green. We need to support them on the fence before they goet too big.
Thanks for taking a little journey with me through our vegetable garden. We have other gardens of veggies scattered here and there, but I didn't want this post to be of epic proportions!~~Have a wonderful day!~~~XXOO, Beth