Wednesday, June 14, 2006

so far.....

Lettuce anyone? I pick a bunch and by the next morning, the hole it left has grown shut. It's the never-ending, self-generating lettuce patch.

Soon there will be many, many beans of different color.

And pounds and pounds of peas.

Marmande tomatoes. A new one for me.

Only a handful of blueberries this year. I ate the ripe ones right after I took the picture. I will have to ammend the pH I suppose.

And baskets and baskets of black raspberries.

My new favorite vegetable, and only available for a limited time. See that corkscrew lookin' thing? Or maybe it looks like a pig's tail, only green. That's a garlic scape. Really yummy.

Pumpkins on the march. They grow so unbelieveably fast.

And as my nieces say..."Those flowers that you can eat".

"Violet, did you hear about those chickens up in Maine?" (just kidding liz)


Blogger Liz said...

Your garden looks fabulous! Isn't it crazy how a small patch of lettuce can keep you supplied for so long? And you have tomatoes already? Wow. Our garlic scapes should be coming soon!

You've got me thinking that I need to address the "chicken thing" in a whole post.

8:19 PM  
Anonymous Judith said...

Oh, wow! Meredith, your garden looks great! All those veggies! We've been eating lettuce from the garden too. You have a great looking garden. I can't get over the size of the chickens!

9:35 PM  
Blogger Juli said...

I love the chicken pic! It's been a few weeks since I've taken any of my girls. That'll be added to the list of To-Dos this weekend.

The winter lettuce we planted in January looked like your abdundance but the spring planting isn't. Bummer. The peas are doing well and our Kentucky Wonder green beans are over 8' tall. All those nutrients should be producing some blooms, dang it! Alberto took about half of our corn due to wind but what's left looks great. All this reminds me, I need to take pics and post a garden update... weekend, this weekend. :)

10:37 AM  
Blogger meresy_g said...

It looks fabulous in the pictures because I carefully avoided photographing the weeds. With the rain from yesterday, I will go home today to a jungle. It never ends. And liz, you don't need to address the chicken thing. I'm just messing with you.

10:48 AM  
Blogger Blackswamp_Girl said...

Garlic scapes?! I just looked these up and found that you can eat the scapes while you wait for the bulb to ripen--is that what you do? Or do you let some of the scapes ripen so you have more to plant in the fall?

What a personal failure that I have not yet planted garlic... *sigh*

11:50 AM  
Blogger Liz said...

Not for you, just in general. It's something that's been bugging me, and I want to talk about. More like a dialogue.

Blackswamp girl ~ removing the garlic scapes off is better for your yield. If you leave them on, it steals energy from the head that's growing in the soil. Usually you pick them once they curl back around in a circle. They are *so* good.

1:21 PM  
Blogger meresy_g said...

I cut the scapes off now, in mid-june cause supposedly it makes the underground bulb bigger. They are really good sauteed in olive oil and have a pleasant garlic flavor without the garlic bite. Next year I will definitely plant more garlic so I have tons of scapes.

1:29 PM  
Blogger Jamie said...

I'm trying marmande tomatoes for the first time, too. We should compare notes afterward. So far they look like little green pumpkins. :-)

4:34 PM  
Blogger meresy_g said...

Those Marmande tomatoes that are in the picture aren't quite as ribbed as I was expecting. I sort of thought they should look like little pumpkins, like your pumpkins do. Maybe the next ones will. We'll see. Last year I grew Constoluto Geneovese, which is also a ribbed tomato and they turned out really well. Unfortunately the seeds I saved and started I ended up scorching, so no Genovese this year.

9:55 AM  
Anonymous Sandy said...

Wow! You have the nicest garden! Do you take care of it all on your own? I have one teeny little tomato. Will probably not have a fresh one until August.

I wish I had some of that lettuce.

7:19 AM  
Blogger meresy_g said...

I try to take care of it all on my own. Usually the weeds get the best of me in the beginning of August. I'm mulching like crazy though to thwart their advance. If I could get that lettuce to you in any kind of good condition I would. I have way to much. It was a good lettuce year apparently.

9:44 AM  

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