Category Archives: Peas

My garden wishlist

So I am getting ready to start some seeds indoors and have been thinking of what I want to grow this year. I have some kobucha squash seeds that I saved that I will be planting in the next few days. I harvested them a little while ago so they will hopefully be viable.

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I have some dill and garlic chives going on in the light shelf too. I also planted rosemary but I don’t think it’s germinating. There’s something there but they could be weeds from the garden  I use garden soil and reuse potting soil so anything can be coming up.

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Dill

Garlic Chives

Garlic Chives

I have tomatoes and peppers going strong, a little too strong and am afraid that they may outgrow their pots before mid-May. I was hoping to have them produce fruit inside but they are taking forever to grow (I know I am contradicting myself here, stay with me).

Tomatoes

Tomatoes

Peppers

Peppers

So that’s what I have, what about what I want? I want the squashes, I also want cucumbers. I have had NO LUCK with cucumbers, not sure why they produce fruit and it’s small and shrivels up in no time. I want beans, lots and lots of beans. Jared and I talked about it and we both agreed to try to plant beans this summer, I want to plant all of the legumes we eat: peas, black, kidney, navy, chickpeas, adzuki and pinto. I am not sure if any of these are pole or bush or whatever so it will be fun to experiment. Now I just need a spot to start them inside

What’s on your garden wishlist? Please feel free to share what you are planning on doing this year and any tips you have for beans!

September 2012

This has been my mantra for the last year, now that it’s here my world feels exciting and new.

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Lots of new beginnings for September 2012: school and business ventures. I may even be cheesy and call it a journey (you know I had to tie in the boat photo somehow!)

What I have learned in the last year is to have more faith that things will work out. While the fear of change will always be there the fact that you are trying something new, taking a risk is one way to grow. Nothing grows in stagnant water, or to please my biologist husband, maybe what does grow is small, dark and slimy.  Not that there’s anything wrong with that, me –  I prefer big, bright and shiny.

And speaking of bright and shiny I have begun my fall garden, so far I have peas and collards coming up. I still have tomatoes and Hooray! I have a beautiful butternut squash that was still in perfect shape. I was afraid it was going to have little bites since no one was around to keep the critters at bay. Maybe next week I’ll have a butternut squash risotto recipes for you. YUM!

We are getting results!

We are finally seeing some of the fruits of our labor – yippee!! And discovering the Macro setting on my camera I am also able to document our beauties a lot better, double yippee!!!

Last night we tried a couple of radishes, yow-we they were spicy!


Unfortunately, I don’t remember what variety they were as we have two in the garden. Note for next year, keep a better garden plan…


We also are starting to see some of our round zucchini. Speaking of squashes we got a beautifull array from yesterday’s CSA pick-up

Our squash patch is looking pretty good too.

We also have a variety of tomatoes coming in, considering we have about 12 tomato plants I’m looking forward to the end of the summer when we won’t have to buy them, local and organic can get pricey! Hmmmm I wonder of the CSA will have tomatoes…

Here are the Brandywines, they are still tiny.

When I bought the 3 Lemon Boys one plants already had a tomato, this is it I haven’t noticed any more, but the plants are a bit of a jumble…

Our Patio Tomato, while still tiny has a nice piece of fruit on it’s way.

We also have 3 Romas that are doing pretty well. It looks like all of them are starting to bear fruit,


and our Acid Free Yellow is also starting to bear fruit

We also have peas that are podding, now I don’t like peas but tasting these I may have to change my mind. Our Spinach never does well, grows too fast and flowers to quickly on us. I think next year I will be planting a few rows of peas instead of spinach


The rest of the garden is doing well, our herbs are looking good:

Cilantro

Basil

Mint

Parsley

and Oregano

We have green beans that I think are going to be really nice

We also have a few rogues!

Butternuts in the compost


Tomatoes in the greens

A Zinnia in the tomatoes

and a Sunflower between the asparagus and zucchini


Speaking of Sunflowers, some of my more established ones are starting to bloom, shame they didn’t make it to 7 – 8 feet like last year, however, it’s nice to see the flowers and their friends