This is the time of year when my
garden is great. All of the plants have been growing for months
and are quite productive. There is lots of green everywhere.
Early in the spring Stephanie had a
garden party in her back yard. One of the other guests gave
Virginia and I each a lemon ball cucumber start. That is one of
them, towering over the mugwort. I get another delicious cucumber
like the one above every couple of days or so. Starting to feel
like I'm drowning in cucumbers!
Since my microwave oven died my
collard plant hasn't been getting the harvesting I'm used to
giving it. The thing is growing amok! I gotta get around to trying
stove top cooking again. In other news, the cutting I took from it
last winter is finally growing okay.
The iris and those rosebush plants
aren't much right now. Just big green patches.
The sage is loved by the bees.
Doesn't do much for me.
The kiwi is my biggest single crop
plant. So awed by how big that harvest could be at this point.
The bad news is that the guys in the
next plot over tell me they will be taking out their kiwis after
this growing season. Without that male next door my plant won't
give fruit. So bummed that this could be the vine's last year.
The other lemon cucumber is using
the space under the kiwi vine. So happy that I found a crop that
can do well in that space.
I'm getting something like a pound
of tomatoes off my vines every time I go to the garden. That works
out to fresh tomato soup a few times a week and a whole bunch of
other snacking. Yummm!
The raspberries are delicious. I
like to snack off the bushes while I'm in the garden. The fruit
are too delicate to do much transporting on them. I get a few hand
fulls of yummy fruit, not really enough to cook into jam or
anything like that.
Those huge kales are on their second
year in my garden. Virginia likes the flavor of their leaves, so I
take them over there to eat. We have them with pasta and sausage
or something like that.
The young plants aren't giving me much yet. Glad I planted them
from seeds I got from Palo Alto hardware last February. They are
starting to produce good leaves on a regular basis. Soon they will
be good producers.
Turns out I planted the broccoli too
far into warm season so it didn't develop the huge head that
Virginia gets from Safeway. We ate it anyhow, and I'm hoping the
side shoots turn into a good part of our food on an ongoing basis.
That pink rose is my favorite rose
bush. Virginia likes it when I give her flowers from it. The only
problem is that the four oclock has moved in underneath, and every
time I cut it back the rose bush pokes me painfully. Grrrr....