Saturday, June 18, 2011

Yummy Yummy

I've been harvesting garlic, onions, potatoes, and the most beautiful beans in Fredericksburg.  I see a delicious dinner in our future....

Thursday, June 9, 2011

I want Spring back

It has been too hot to get any good picture of the garden, but it is looking pretty good.  The tomato plants set some fruit before this latest heat wave set it, so I might have some ripe tomatoes by the 4th of July.  And because I just can't seem to help myself, I added an 8' x4' raised bed for sweet potatoes and sunflowers.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Hail!

A strong storm with lots of hail hit last night while we were out to dinner. When we got home the mulched beds were still covered with ice balls.  There was so much it looked almost like snow had fallen.  Somehow my garden survived.  A few tomato plants were laying over on the ground (I really should have staked or caged them by now), but I didn't notice any leaf damage.  Luckily, I had picked all of my ripe strawberries earlier in the day.

One of the CSA plots across town didn't fare quite so well.  Some of the pak choi look like they have swiss cheese leaves. 

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Between the rains

The sun was shining for a few minutes, so I snapped a shot of the main garden beds.  You can see the new tomato and basil plot on the left here (and notice the lovely lillies blooming in the background).
I'm trying to make my garden a little more beautiful this year by adding as many flowers as I can affordably tuck in.  I think I've spent too much time on plants that produce food and haven't fully appreciated plants for their beauty.  Hopefully they will also lure in some pollinators!
The native honeysuckle is finally blooming.  It doesn't smell as lovely as the invasive japanese honeysuckle, but there is plenty of it in the neighborhood and I can smell it every evening. And the roses have been beautiful so far this year.  I need to train this one up and over the shed if possible.


 

Monday, May 16, 2011

Tiny little (sour) apples

Aren't they gorgeous?  I had to thin a few so they would mature properly and couldn't resist taking a bite.  They were very sour, I knew better but just couldn't help myself!

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Strawberries and Snow Peas

And so it begins.  The summer eating season starts once the strawberries and snow peas start coming in.  I had both yesterday.  I should have a lovely picture of them here for you to admire, but ate them before I had a chance to get the camera.