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Kia whakapapa paumamu te moana
Kia tere te Karohirohi

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

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Finally, show & tell time

Today It was time to pick peas and whatever else was ready in the veggie garden.

51/2 lbs of sugar snap peas.
Some we ate for dinner, and the rest are now in the freezer.

I was wondering if the shallots were going to produce, so today I dug down a little, and there they were. This is the only bunch I have dug up so far, the others I will get to in a day or two.

The lettuce is producing plenty for salads.

Much to my surprise, the celery is growing faster than I can eat it. Never having planted celery before, I wasn't sure what to expect, so I am delighted with the abundance.

Now I am waiting for all the good things to come.

Scarlet runner beans are just starting form. I really like the flavor of these beans.

Every day I take a look at the rubine Brussels sprouts, in the hope that I will see the start of the heads, but nothing so far. The plant in the background is now two feet tall, and I was sure I would see something by now.

The mini cabbages are starting to form.

I am happy to report, this year we will have corn. Last year, the summer season was short and not as hot as usual, and I think I was a little late in getting the corn planted, so the crop was a dismal failure.

I also had bad luck with cucumbers last year, can't say the same for this crop. There are plenty of flowers so I am hoping for a bumper crop.

Kohlrabi will be ready to pick soon. Glad the bugs left some for me.

Parsnips are flourishing.

There is a huge crop of plums this year. I see many jars of plum jam in the cupboard.

Jars of blackberry jelly will also be keeping company with the plum jam.

The two large plants, growing up the garden fence, in the center of the picture, are bird's house gourds. I have grown these to dry, and decorate during the long winter months. there are quite a few flower buds on the plants already. These are some more plants I haven't grown before, so I don't know what to expect from them.

This is a very exciting time for me, starting to harvest veggies from the garden, and watching everything else grow to where it will be ready to grace our dinner table, or frozen for meals throughout the coming winter months.


dinzie said...

What an Awesome garden you've built :O) Vegetable and flower gardens .....

And what a bounty ! Theres nothing like fresh peas to eat :O)

gardenerprogress/Catherine said...

It's exciting just to see that you are getting that much. Pretty great when all of the hard work pays off!

Heather said...

Your garden is really producing now! Don't you just love when you can finally eat your hard work?

Caroline said...

Amazing bumper crops! I am green with envy!

Rosey Pollen said...

I am amazed! Yummy stuff for you!
My son calls my peas |"candy". Yours look sweet too!

Anonymous said...

Wow Jennifer, these are exciting times aren't they? I picked my first two zucchini yesterday and boy were they tasty. It's so gratifying to grow your own.

Darla said...

I just imagine you are excited with a veggie garden like that!!

Autumn Belle said...

I bet nothing tastes better than your own produce. Cheers!

Teresa said...

Everything looks so great. It is nice to reap the rewards of all your hard work and nurturing.

Sue said...

Wow, look at all those fruits and veggies! It is a great feeling to grow things you can eat. From year to year, some things do well, and others not so much. My beans were doing so well, I decided to plant some more for later in the season, but the rabbits have eaten all of them. I think I told you that already in another comment. I was tickled to grow kohlrabi for the first time this year. I may try scarlet runner beans next year, and try to protect them from the rabbits. I grew some over 25 years ago, when I first had my own space to garden, but don't remember how well they did.

I hope you are having a great weekend!