Backyard garden: Lots of greens

April 26, 2011 at 10:25 am | Posted in gardening | 1 Comment
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This is the first year I’ve grown kale. It is a hardy plant that will thrive through the summer. I love the blue-ish green leaves. Kale tastes yummy sautéed with olive oil and a little balsamic vinaigrette. At least I think so. :)

In March I doused fresh soil with edible greens seeds—partly out of laziness because the seeds are just so small. Here we are at the end of April and everything is growing—a little too close together. I pulled several young plants to give their brothers some room.

Arugula. This crop is flourishing. It is the easiest green to grow. I literally threw seeds on the soil and they sprouted in a few days. Eating arugula makes me feel like I’m at a fancy restaurant.
Mixed red and green lettuce.
The ole nightly standby—spinach.
Above: Don’t judge me, haha. I have a giant mirror as a long ornament in my backyard. It is SO big and soooo heavy that it has sat here for um, a little while. And now that I have openly admitted this, maybe it will encourage Daryle and me to move it up the hill to the ally. I’m not looking forward to that day. …
Raised bed. Hi.
The ash tree is filling in.
The neighbor’s cat, Ruby. She’s so cute and makes my cats jealous.
Baby greens pulled fresh from the garden. We enjoyed a fresh salad along with our steak and sautéed mushroom dinner last night.

This week is going to be very warm—almost hot. The days are so much longer and I love coming home from work and sitting in my backyard unwinding. Until then…

Gardening: past + future

April 12, 2010 at 5:21 pm | Posted in gardening | 3 Comments
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When I planted my green onions last summer, I had no idea how long they would take to harvest. The package says 180 days, but these guys are more like 365! I’m amazed how the onions have survived our freezing winter piled with four feet of snow. They’re now just starting to go to seed so I’m picking them one-by-one as I see the flower in the center come up.

Every year I learn something new about what to expect with a garden. I didn’t realize that oregano [above] and chives [below] would come back. In mid-fall, both were dead with puny dried out sticks and now they are flourishing better than at the end of the summer!

It’s nice to have a few sprinkles of lush eatable greenery as I await the rest of the garden to grow. I feel like I am a teeny bit ahead of where I was last year. :)

This is the first year I planted pea seeds. I decided to grow them in several containers because I haven’t moved the raised bed to a sunnier spot in my yard. I think they’ll do fine in containers (I mean, I hope). Above are tiny pea plants. They are about two and a half inches tall and are ready to start climbing. Peas love cooler weather and do well in early spring. If all goes well, I’ll have a bunch of peas by early May.

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