Garden Update 15 May 2008
If you haven’t figured it out already, I really love my cherokee trail of tears beans. Last weeks pod was not in fact a bean pod per se. First the little white “pod” becomes a gorgeous light purple bud. It took me 5-10 shots before I found one that even begins to capture the delicate color and beauty. Now if the pests would stop eating the leaves I would have more of these. I don’t know what is eating them, they are kept inside by a huge window which I’ve started keeping open for air flow. But seriously they are surrounded by brick and concrete so where are the pests coming from??
The strawberry plants are doing well. So far we have one fruit but I’ve read that it usually takes two years to be able to start harvesting so I’m not expecting much this year. I also learned that overwatering will create a watery fruit. Think is commonsense I know but I never really thought about it before now. Even learning about organic soil and free range grass fed animals has not made me automatically connect all the dots. I am still learning on a daily basis the myriad of things that affect the taste and quality of my produce.
The carrots are getting more feathery and taller, indicators of what is going on below.
Broccoli is one of my other all-stars. It has grown considerably and continues to get more leaves as the days go by.
Lettuce has not been my friend but I have finally gotten a couple of sprouts to grow more then two leaves so even if I never harvest any I will call this a success.
Spinach will be the first thing I can harvest and eat. Since J. doesn’t like it, I’ll have it all to myself so I’ve started thinking of what I want to do with it already. Perhaps I’ll just eat the leaves straight as a midday snack since it is growing in my office.
The peppers are getting taller. J. and I almost called it quits on trying to grow tomatoes and peppers but pure persistence if beginning to pay off. Only two peppers sprouted but they are showing good growth and we’ve been able to get a couple tomato plants past their initial two leaves so we might have some success yet.
How does your garden grow? 🙂