Welcome reader to my blog - a mixture of this and that. Now that we are living in a retirement community in downtown Columbia, MD my personal gardening activities are somewhat curtailed. I still enjoy visiting gardens, reading, watching wildlife on my walks, traveling, and occasional food commentary. Please leave a comment if you feel inspired to do so. I read every one of them.

Monday, May 14, 2012

Harvest Monday & Garden Status Report

The garden continues to produce lovely greens for us: spinach, lettuces, and Chinese greens.  Here are some of those photos.
 Tatsoi getting washed in preparation for a quick saute.
 Bok choy which we steamed.
 A large assortment of lettuces and spinach which I served at a Mother's Day lunch for my mother-in-law on Sunday.

It's a rainy day today.  Nice for all the new plantings in the garden and yard.  I took these photos in the rain to show you what's happening out there now.

 The second planting of snow peas is getting ready to bloom.  I think it's catching up to the first planting.
 I planted 16 tomatoes on the 9th and have 17 growing since I left a volunteer plant in place.  12 of the plants are planted in beds like this one and will be trained up the stake to the fence.  I have Goldie, Amish paste, and Rutgers all which I had last year, and new this year Market Miracle and Cherokee purple (from Daphne).
 View of the first planting of snowpeas with bok choy in front.  A row of bush beans were planted to the right of the bok choy.  Carrots are behind.  Below is a close up of one of the peas ready to pick.
 Broccoli is heading up nicely.  Below another tomato bed with the volunteer in front.  It's as big as my seedling plants!
 The final 3' x 18" bed.  All of them have marigolds planted with them to ward off those dreaded tomato horn worms.


 One of the blueberry bushes.  All except a new bush planted last year to replace one that died have blueberries on them.
 The final 5 tomato plants are planted next to the snow peas and behind the carrots second planting.  The tendrils of the peas are already grasping onto the tomato cages and once the peas are done I'll have a job of cutting them off the tomato plants.
 Above you can see one of my pots of cucumbers.  Below are the other two pots.  Last year they were in the bed where the garlic is now and grew nicely up the fence.  I hope they do as well in pots.  Not pictured is the pumpkin volunteer which got transplanted from the last tomato bed to a spot on the septic tank outside the fence.  It's been sprayed with Liquid Fence as the whole yard was again on Saturday so hopefully the deer will leave it be.  Can't be sure that the ground hog will, but oh well.
 Peppers were planted in amongst the spinach.  My pepper seedlings were so small this year.  I did end up buying one jalapeno pepper plant to add to these.
 Finally, the deck is complete.  The new fire pit arrived Friday but we didn't get to try the pit out this weekend.  Here is is in the rain.  We did enjoy sitting out there with family visitors on Mother's Day.
There are other harvests to be viewed at Daphne's Dandelions.

16 comments:

Mary Hysong said...

Looks like your garden is coming right along! When the peas are done you could just cut them off at the soil line and leave the plants. the leaves will shrivel up and fall off and you can pull the stems out in the fall when the tomatoes are also done. Nice idea to plant them together like that.

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Hi There, I'm trying to begin catching up -after being gone for a week.

YUM---the veggies in your garden look fabulous.. There's nothing better than eating fresh veggies from one's garden... AWESOME!!!!!!

We are getting some much-needed rain here now also.
Hugs,
Betsy

Jenny said...

Looks beautiful! And can't believe how big your peas got and already blooming!

Amber said...

My Tatsoi are getting there....maybe I will thin and eat some young ones next week. Do you keep planting them all summer here in MD? Looks like you have good luck with broccoli...never have tried it. My dad used to have bad luck with it. What kind to you use?

Allison Preiss said...

Wow - everything looks fantastic! Your pea patch definitely looks nice and healthy!

Marcia said...

Now that's an idea, Mary. Thanks for the suggestion. I do usually cut the peas off rather than pull them because of the nitrogen they add to the soil.

Marcia said...

It's the best kind of rain here - gentle. I can tell the plants are loving it too.

Marcia said...

Jenny the first batch was planted in early March. I really love snowpeas so I"m looking forward to the harvest this week.

Marcia said...

This is the first spring I planted tatsoi. I planted it last fall for the first time. I think like a lot of greens it likes the cooler weather so wait until late summer to plant more.

The broccoli was an impulse purchase from Home Depot. I don't know the variety. I kept the screen over them the whole time because I know there is something that lays eggs and then you get the worms or caterpillars. I'm hoping I won't find those when I harvest the heads. They look like they'll be ready this week.

Marcia said...

I plant the peas in a trough so they grow up together very thickly. Usually I use branches to have them grow up on for support. This year I made the trellis of sorts with the bamboo sticks.

patricia burroughs said...

So that's broccoli under the screen? That is a fabulous-looking screen.

Your entire garden is lovely and lush and growing so well!

HolleyGarden said...

Nice deck! How wonderful to have it finished for Mother's day. I can't believe how much is going on in your garden! Wow! Greens played out on me a long time ago. Your garden is just beautiful - love the neat and tidy raised beds. I also like seeing how you've got things staked up.

Dan said...

Your pea's look great! I like the deck too. I have been meaning to build a deck for my grill for ages.

Marcia said...

Got the screen from Gardeners Supply to keep critters out.

Marcia said...

The guy was a wonder who built it. Now we need some dry weather so we can try out the firepit.

Marcia said...

I love those peas. I hope to get some picked today.

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