Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Garden Update

This past weekend was a long weekend for us.  With July 1st, our nations birthday, falling on Sunday we had Monday off.  We were able to enjoy a couple days in the country.  My Handyman had a nerve block in his back 5 days prior to this picture, so we didn't have any projects planned for this weekend.  But the lawn always has to be mowed, and he finds it impossible to relax before he gets that job out of the way.  

My father-in-law sells the hay off his farmland to another farmer.  This farmer was busy cutting hay all around our vegetable garden.  I like when the hay is high.  As the breeze passes over, it would seem almost like it is waving at us.  

Please forgive me as I gush over these vegetables.  We are loving our garden.  It has been many years since we have had a garden, and NEVER has it grown this well.  Please grab a cold drink and come on a tour with me.  

 Romaine lettuce needing to be thinned out

My Handyman already thinned out the carrots. 

Do you like Beet greens?
I've been thinning them out and giving them to
family and friends who stop by.
I definitely need to thin some more.
I'm going to cook some this week
for the first time, ever!!

I planted regular onions, Spanish onions, and bunching onions. 
 The bunching onions are the ones with the blossom buds.  

Lots of pea blossoms

and pods too!!

I spy a broccoli head starting. 
It seems just yesterday I planted broccoli seed
in trays and sat them in my dining room window. 

Green pepper buds

We planted a row of yellow beans, and a row of green beans.
 I am very impatiently waiting for some blossoms on these plants.

This row of potatoes belongs exclusively to My Handyman. 
 I'm not sure what we will do with him if they aren't successful.
  He's quite excited about them.

I have some great plans for these tomatoes...
keep your fingers crossed for me!
I noticed a few blossoms starting.  :)

Four mounds:
orange pumpkins
white pumpkins
buttercup squash
acorn squash

This is the very beginning of pumpkin vines.

I have three zucchini plants. 
 My intention is to use them when they are very small. 
 No baseball bats for me.
  If I become overrun with them, 
I will remember what I read recently on the blog, Thy Hand Hath Provided.

 "It's ok to compost zucchini."

A little cabbage starting.

Anyone ever eaten turnip greens?
I'm not very brave when it comes to cooked greens.
Thus my comment above on beet greens.  

Thank you for visiting with me in the garden today.
 I have enjoyed our time together.

 Our Canada Day came to a close beside this fire.
 Not a bad way to end any day!!  

Feathered Nest Friday


  1. Catherine PorterWednesday, July 04, 2012

    oh Tanya you must try Turnip greens, It is delish, especially with a cooked dinner yummmmy!!


  2. Wow Tanya, The garden looks great. So excited for you. Once you have had a garden, it is something you want to do every year even though it is a lot of work and not always as successful as we might like. Keep up the good work.

  3. Use a veggie peeler on your zucchini and substitute it for pasta in an italian dish...just read this today and I have 4 plants ;) says to go heavy on the garlic and savory seasonings as the Z's are fairly mild in flavor. So going to try this!!!

  4. Your garden looks really good Tanya! You must be having the right weather this year. My mother loved beet greens but I've never tried them. I'd like to know what you think of them and how you prepare them. I think mum put butter and vinegar on them.?? We had a gorgeous long weekend here - perfect weather!

  5. Oh your garden is exquisite. It reminds me of Romania...lush rows and rows of beautiful vegetables. Happy Growing!!

  6. Your garden looks fantastic! Everything is so well tended and not a weed in sight! I predict those potatoes will be a great success--the plants look very hardy and good! I seem to remember my grandfather using a hoe to hill more dirt around the plants when the shoots got to be about that height. I bet you will have more produce than you can use!--Min

  7. Great pictures. Would love a day on that farm!

  8. What a garden/farm! You have it all. Everything is lush and beautiful!

  9. Wow, now that's a garden, that's almost the size of my whole garden! So well tended, are you not having a heat wave like we are, just watering to keep everything alive. Thanks for sharing your creative inspiration with Sunday's Best!


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