the garden is in full swing with zelda and i heading out about everyday to make a small harvest. as you can see zelda loves the peas. we’re also still harvesting lots of greens, herbs and zucchinis. we have beans that are just making an appearance now. and the second planting of rainbow chard is taking its time, but we should be able to harvest it next month even if its just baby leaves. we’ll also have onions, leeks and potatoes to harvest soon too. it’s been a productive summer for our garden.
i 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).
looks like there will be some menu planning around spinach this week, perhaps with the ricotta i made yesterday.
we 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.
the 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.
we do have two apple trees up front and we planted scarlet runner beans and cabbages by the mailbox, but there were more out of a lack of space in the vegetable garden than intentional placement. of course the big back yard project is the garden. i consider this to be week 2 of the vegetable garden. this year we have a diverse array of veggies planted and is probably our most ambitious garden in alaska to date. i’ll provide a run down on what we’ve planted soon once we see what actually sprouts and takes. we were able to recycle a lot of the wood from the collapsed greenhouse to create a base layer for the mulch walkways we’ve put in, providing me more stability as i walk on the mulch, which is mostly to keep the grass and dandelions at bay. zelda’s garden has turnips and heirloom cabbages in it this year. unfortunately it’s not protected from the chickens, so we’ll see what survives. we chose the plants because they are safe if zelda eats the foliage. gardening is a little confusing for her as to what she can eat from the yard.