Things are looking good out there. Lots of green lush growth, but not much to eat yet. I snack on peas as I garden, and I munch garden sorrel just about very time I walk past it. We have fresh mint and some fresh greens to contribute toward salads. The garlic scapes may feature in tonight’s dinner.
The potato plants are luscious. Here is one growing next to a store bought cherry tomato plant that has started to flower. Most of the foliage is from the potato.
The parsley is harvesting too.
I’m harvesting weeds too and feeding them to the chickens. They like fresh snacks since they’re cooped up inside their enclosure. River helps me feed them the greens and likes to watch them eat.
Speaking of babies, here is River playing in the garden. This big patch of dirt is where I tried to bury in the potato stems like you’re supposed to. Instead the stems just flopped over and I let my kid play in the dirt. Check out the fun kid sized garden tools I rediscovered from when my stepdaughter was young.
See, the dirt pile is like a sandbox. Entertaining for her and less stressful for me because I’m not worrying about her ripping plant leaves.
Pumpkin plants vining!
Succession planting in a planter. The bigger greens are lettuce and the tiny sprouts are basil.
Here are the pea plants. See all the spots where I have eaten peas?
Here’s another example of succession planting. This is swiss chard. The bigger plants toward the back are the first planting, while the younger ones closer up are the second planting.
This zucchini plant is getting so big. It seems to have the exact same shape as it did when it was young, but is about 5 times the size.
Here you can see how I am using densely planted greens (lettuce and such) as a ground cover in between my tomato plants.
The broccoli raab is doing quite well. It is bulking up and starting to form heads. This morning though I had a moment of panic when I saw one of the heads with an open flower on it. I thought that I had failed and that my whole row of raab would flower before being harvestable. But I tried to stay calm and thinned the row. I think the plants were competing from being planted too closely together. Let’s hope the thinning helps. This is my first try for this crop.
One last look at the whole luscious garden.