Kia hora te manno
Kia whakapapa paumamu te moana
Kia tere te Karohirohi

May the calm be widespread
May the sea glisten like the greenstone
And may the glimmer of summer dance across your pathways

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

"Hoboaties"on the way

As I was downloading pictures for this post on "what is growing in my vegetable garden", my honey came into the room, so I told him I was having trouble coming up with a catchy title for the post. He proceeded to tell me a little story from his childhood. You are going to have to read to the end to find out about "Hoboaties'

The first of the Cherry tomatoes in it's water filled plant protector cage, and take a look at those pretty yellow flowers. I have never had tomatoes flowering this early before, thanks to the warmth provided by the protectors.

Sugar snap peas are starting to climb up the twine on the vertical frames.

Here is what I wrote in a post on August 10th 2008 The garden center just received their first shipment of vegetable starts for fall/winter harvesting. As MrC and I are going to be out of town from Wednesday to Sunday, I decided I had better get the first of these vegetables into the ground, then when we return I can buy some more to plant for a second harvest.
Not ever having grown leeks before, I did not know what to expect.
Well I did not get to harvest the Leeks as I thought I would, so I left them in the ground to do their thing, and here is what they look like today. Looks as though I will get to harvest leeks this season.

Last year my attempt at growing cucumbers was a dismal failure. I am happy to report that all the seeds I have planted have come up and are looking very healthy. Keep your fingers crossed for my success this year.

Last years corn was a dismal failure too. I planted it too late, and the season was way too short anyway and I also did not feed it near enough. This year I am on top of the corn planting, in fact a little too exuberant.*grin* I got the corn into the ground on time, and waited, and waited for it to pop out of the ground, I finally assumed the birds had eaten it all, so replanted the corn patch. Now I have plenty of corn. The first corn planted, decided now the weather has warmed up, to sprout and so did the second batch. I will let it grow a little taller then cull out the weakest plants. Keewee needs to have a little more patience. *chuckle*

My honey does not like cabbage so I had been hesitant in growing too many until I came across this variety. These are a mini cabbage mix. A collection of red, green, round and pointed varieties which mature at different times, for an ongoing supply of crisp sweet softball sized heads. Just perfect for one person.

Brussels sprouts are also new to my garden. I chose to grow the variety Rubine a lovely purple/red color sprout. I think the leaves of the plants are an attractive addition to the garden.

I sure am excited over the two blueberry bushes I planted. They are both producing quite a few flowers, so I may have a few berries this season. If I only manage to pick a hand full or two of berries this first year for our morning cereal, then that will be great.

I have both green and yellow bell peppers growing.

There are two varieties of pole beans here, Blue lake and Scarlet runner. The beans on the other end of the row are not coming up as fast. There are just two beans about 1 inch up out of the ground, and I was thinking perhaps the birds got to them so I should plant more. "No Keewee, remember, patience is a virtue" *chuckle*

Yes these are Hoboaties, well at least that is what they were called by my honey, when he was a little guy, and did not yet know how to say strawberries.We are looking forward to the days of strawberry covered ice cream, strawberry pie and ice cream, strawberry jam, strawberries on cereal, and whatever other strawberry recipes I can come up with.

There are many more veggies in the garden, but this is enough to show you for now.


Outside In said...

You sure are going to have lots of veggies this summer and they're all looking healthy!

RainGardener said...

Well, your honey came up with a great title for you and who would have dreamed that hoboaties were strawberries. How precious as a child would say it. Sometimes my grandsons get on me if I say basketti or something they said when they were little and I still call it that. I just tell them I want to remember it. Or my older grandson the other day would get on his little brother if he said something incorrectly and I'd tell him to let it be. Let him be little because he'll lose it soon and won't be able to laugh anymore when he says cute little things.
Now that I've blabbered on and on - your vegie garden is looking good enough to eat. ;-)

Kim and Victoria said...

Your garden is looking absolutely beautiful! What a great variety of veggies you have.

Becca's Dirt said...

I am impressed with your garden. Looks like you will have some good produce. It is just nice to know you are doing something to get food on the table. I am loving my veggie garden. Can't wait to get stuff from it.

Garden tips said...

Your veggies are looking great keewee.

Ellie Mae's Cottage said...

What a nice tour of your veggie garden! The tomatoes look like they are coming along so nicely! -Jackie

Tatyana said...

Well, you can be proud! I am behind with cucumbers. Do you have any tomatoes without those protectors, for comparison?

Anonymous said...

Hi KeeWee~~ How cute! Hoboaties. I love stories like these. Right now I'm drawing a blank. (It's late.)But I know my kids have some real entertaining sayings as well.

I'm intrigued by the mini cabbage-for ornamental purposes. Hmm....

Blossom said...

I love cabbage, bell peppers, all kind of peas and also Hoboaties ...

Rusty in Miami said...

Everything looks great, good luck and happy eating; I can’t wait to see the full-grown garden this summer

Jeanne said...

I love your garden Keewee. It combines the functionality of a vegetable garden with an artist's touch. Thank you for sharing it!

Frances said...

Hi Keewee, how cute of hubby! That is a new one to me, but what a great title for the post too. Your crops are looking great!

Patsi 'Garden Endeavors' said...

I'm getting hungry !
All looks good. Surprised you failed growing cucumbers. Except for the creaters digging up the seeds and seedlings they're easy to grow.
I'm sure you'll have a winning garden this year.

Helen said...

Hi, KeeWee -- can you tell me the name/variety of your mini cabbages?

keewee said...

Helen. I went out and took a look at the label, and they are simply called mix, mini cabbage. I bought them from my local garden center but there is a website on the label you could check out.