Thursday, April 7, 2011

Spring Garden

I know I've been absent from bloggerland for a couple of weeks now. I can explain. But my explanation will have to wait. Our family is working on some very exciting business prospects and while I'd love to divulge details have to be patient and in a short while, I'll tell you all about it.

In the meantime, here are some pictures of our spring/summer garden. It's warming up around these parts with highs about 85-89 everyday and warm nights, which vegetable starts L.O.V.E.

This is an overview picture. This is what you see from our garden gate. So far we've planted sugar snap peas, cucumber, eggplant, lots of tomatoes, butternut squash, zucchini, yellow summer squash, tomatillos, green bush beans, okra, cantaloupe, watermelon, sweet corn, cilantro, sweet green, yellow, and red peppers, serrano peppers, jalapeno peppers, and a malabar spinach.

Loads of carrots and beets leftover form the winter. We roasted them with potatoes the other day with rosemary (also fresh from the herb garden), olive oil, and sea salt. Yum!

Isn't this tarnished copper pot the best? Tom brought it home from the "Free Pile" across the road at the exotic game ranch he's been working at. I planted a comfrey root in the middle of it.

I think we have 26 tomato plants.

When we first moved here, I was used to Humboldt sun and Humboldt gardens. We planted three tomato plants thinking that would produce plenty. All of our neighbors (who plant at a minimum 70 plants!) spoke about their ability to can what they couldn't eat in the summer so that they were able to never buy another can of store-bought tomatoes and that sounded good to me. So year two, we planted 15 tomatoes. I bought even more this year.

Another reason I love having chickens. We emptied out their coop yesterday and spread the manure/hay all over our plants. It will help to control weeds and minimize watering.

Tomatillos are already growing!

These are Roma tomatoes. We have about 6 or 7 varieties.

These are yellow pear tomatoes (my favorite!)

Strawberries that never make it inside because of two little boys I know who love to snack on them all day long.


Eleganza Strings/ The DeLadurantey Family said...

Wow! Your garden looks fantastic!


Lindsey G said...

I like your new tabs at the top! :)

the mom~ said...

LOVE this!!!
Tell the reason behind having a raised bed? I was thinking of doing ours at ground level...?

Kim said...

That looks amazing! I can hardly wait to start working the soil in our raised beds.

@ the Mom, with raised beds you can put gofer wire at the bottom so you will not have any gofers nibbling your roots. Also, it is a little easier on the back.

Wendy said...

I think you love tomatoes as much as I do! ;) (Yellow pear, incidentally, are also some of my favorite!)