Thursday, May 3, 2012

scenes from a soggy garden

it's been a rainy week, and i'm appreciating a nice long break from watering. yesterday john and i took a walk to the community garden to pick spinach for our pasta dinner.


the spinach are in the bottom row. i don't have much luck growing spinach. apparently i'm good with broccoli rabe, the plant overtaking the spinach. i should probably cut some of those leaves.

johnny snipped while i snapped, hehe.



we're growing escarole again from heirloom seeds. it's perfect in soup, but who really wants soup in may?!=) 

the next three photos are of neighboring plots. that's one healthy pea patch, eh?


at home, figgy is looking happy and healthy. she probably enjoyed our mild winter.

the echinacea is making some buds.

it's kind of funny to have one strawberry plant in the garden - we get a grand total of maybe 8 edible berries per season! but it is nice to watch strawberries grow.

a patch of poppies - i don't remember planting that many seeds!




18 comments:

  1. I always love your garden posts! Yesterday we planted some herbs in our garden.

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    1. thank you malle! ohh, i look forward to seeing them!

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  2. Looking very nice!

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  3. Beautiful pictures! garden looks so nice and green!

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    1. thanks jenny! i hope it stays this green. my farmer friends say we're going to have a rough summer with heat. i'm thinking of ways to make cheap shade screens or something to protect them mid-day. any ideas?

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  4. Your garden is so greeny and fresh, beautiful!

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  5. Isn't baby spinach all the rage anyhow? I love picking off leaves like that to have as a salad. Sounds delicious and fresh. Maybe you can trade some escarole and broccoli rabe for peas with that neighbor? Looks like he/she will have a great crop.

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    1. bartering is a great idea. picking them can be a pain so maybe i'll offer to do it in return for some peas.=)

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  6. Very nice pictures, I don't have good luck with spinach either. I get some, but never as much as I would like. Is your community garden run by the city/county or a private individual? Is it expensive to participate?

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  7. thank you, kris. the spinach in this post were donated transplants. out of the 30 plus seeds sown at home, only 4 plants made it. i don't think i'd ever get as much spinach as i'd like! it's the only green john is excited about eating.=)

    the garden is city property but run by a group of people in the community. it's free but donations are accepted. all that is asked of us is we keep our plot planted and presentable. i'm blessed to be a part of it!

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  8. Your plants look very healthy and well cared for. I have moderate success when I grow spinach as well.

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  9. Beautiful! We harvested out broccoli rabe last week. It was sooooo good!

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  10. You are pretty amazing. Your thumb is so green it glows. <3

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  11. Gorgeous! And happy! Love it all! And you never know, those strawberries might find their way to other places in your garden to take root. :)

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