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

Monday, July 04, 2011

Keewee's veggie patch is starting to produce

What is there not to like about a lovely healthy garden such as this one? I do believe I have finally learned how to care for a veggie garden and 'I am tickled pink!'

Outside looking in.

Grace, this one is for you. My first Sunsugar tomato. Granted it is only the size of a medium sized pea, but will grow fast now the weather has warmed up.

Clematis climbs each side of the arched entrance to the veggie garden, and the basket is planted with hen & chicks.

Peas, beets, lettuce, scarlet runner beans and kale share this raised bed.

My very first teeny tiny squash of the season.

Burgundy bush beans, kale, parsnips, peas, gourds, and some flowers share this bed.

Scarlet runner beans climbing towards the top of the trellis in front of the pea patch.

Lots and lots of lovely peas. I am going to be very busy during the next few weeks, harvesting and processing these beauties.

The very first harvest of shelling peas of the season. There were enough peas for one good sized portion for both of us, and some were eaten right there as I stood in the garden.

I am so happy with the strawberries we have this year. So far we have had many desserts, made a batch of freezer jam, frozen several bags full, and this tray of berries will be frozen in a free flow state. I estimate I have picked 10lb or more berries so far, and hope to have enough to make another batch of jam, and freeze some more to enjoy during the gray days of winter.


NotSoAngryRedHead said...

Impressive! Your plants look very healthy, and I like how you've laid everything out. All together, it's very, very nice!

Jenni @ RainyDayGardener said...

Your veggies are looking great! I'm hearing really good things about the scarlet runners, quite interested in trying them next season! MMM strawberries! Well done!

rmgales said...

Your garden is coming along nicely. Everything looks healthy and yummy. I too am admiring your scarlet runners. Must put these on my list for next season.

Grace said...

Hooray, Jennifer! I'm psyched about your SunSugar baby. I'll have to look mine over and see if I've got any yet. Look at all your strawberries. Wow!! I'm very impressed with your tidy, productive garden. Love the Hens & Chicks basket. Great idea. Your thumb is definitely green. :)

keewee said...

Thank you, all for your lovely comments. This is the first year I have had so much fun and am so delighted with all the bounty from the garden.

Kim and Victoria said...

You have one of the loveliest veg gardens! Great job. I bet you could spend all day in there.

Aerie-el said...

Wow, your veggie garden is great! Now if we can just get the 'summer' weather to cooperate, that tomato will be ready in no time.