how our garden grows


lots of greens and herbsthe peas are climbing onnew plantings of radishesred veined sorrelwintered over arugulai snapped some new pictures of the garden today. we are at about 6 weeks in from when it was planted.  things are growing well despite the rogue chicken that got in a couple of weeks ago and had a feast and the rather steady rain.  we’re on our second planting of radishes and just started some more scallions. otherwise things are chugging along.  this year we are growing: arugula (wintered over from last year), sorrel, zucs and squash (for the blossoms only), herbs, scallions, radishes, three kinds of beans, peas, leeks, yellow and red onions, a couple of varieties of spinach and chard, fennel, garlic, cabbage and broccoli (which is probably not going to produce thanks to the chicken).
Untitledmaking ricottalooks like there will be some menu planning around spinach this week, perhaps with the ricotta i made yesterday.
cabbages feeling like its fallmailbox scarlet runner beanswe planted some veggies in containers in the front. some are doing better than others.  our cabbages think its fall and just really aren’t growing.  i think i’ll cover their box with plastic to see if i can’t jump start them a bit.  the scarlet runner beans are running and flowering, good signs that we may get some beans.  my nasturtiums are exploding.  i did some research and learned that all but the stem of the plant is edible.  we’ve made pesto, and vinegar so far with plans to make infused vodka for bloodymarys and preserves.  nasturtium flowers taste peppery which will work well in the vodka and preserves.  the leaves taste more like radishes, which work well in pesto.  we may even try nasturtium capers.
pano of the front yardthe front yard got a little clean up today too even in the rain. i pulled some canadian thistle and inserted some hostas in their stead.  from where we started at the end of april, things are looking good all around.  we’re hoping for the rest of july to give us some warmer temps and sun to really let us get the most from our garden this year.  i’m also hoping to stick in one or two small raised beds in the back still – one dedicated to garlic and perhaps a second to start a later season crop of greens so we can enjoy our garden veggies into october or possibly even later.