Wednesday, May 5, 2010

I eat my peas with honey...

I eat my peas with honey;
I've done it all my life.
It makes the peas taste funny,
But it keeps them on the knife!
 Ok, I admit - I have never actually eaten honey on peas (or "hunny," I am always tempted to spell it like that to see who notices) but I do have peas!  And lots of other veggies too, want to see? This is swiss chard, carrots, broccoli, and sugar snap peas.  This took me about 10-15 minutes to harvest.  I have decided I need one of those flat baskets for harvesting.  And maybe a large wide brimmed hat?

Ayla likes eating them all raw.  She also likes eating green strawberries....not sure about that girl sometimes!  

This all was one harvest from about 8 squares out of the 48 we have.  We also have onion, chives, garlic, tomatoes, mint, oregano, basil, parsley, cilantro, cantaloupe, bell pepper, hot peppers, strawberries, leeks, corn, pumpkin and lettuce growing.  A thriving garden!

Taylor is also taking pictures of the veggies, she has a slightly more direct approach.  I haven't actually looked at her pictures yet, though I have a feeling they may all be slightly greenish.
Here is a closer look at the veggies.  
The carrots make me laugh.  I have discovered the importants of thinning them after getting lazy in keeping up with it this time around.  Want to see my favorite carrot?
I cannot decide if it was two carrots that somehow merged, or one carrot that developed a split personality.  You can see underneath it that we are still working on getting my left-handed four year old not to write everything in a mirror image.  She gets it all perfect, just perfectly backwards!  

I just realized that with all this garden talk I have not actually shown pictures of our boxes since they were filled.  Wait here, I"ll go take some.  

So I took some and they turned out terrible.  I shall show you one so you can get an idea...but I shall have to take more sometime when the sun is a little less direct: 

See?  Terrible, perhaps I shall ask Ryan to take some soon.  He is better at taking pictures then I am.  I have no idea what to do to fix it - he will know.  The box on the right is Ryan's; the one in the middle is mine and the one on the left is the girls.  Mine is the happiest for no explainable reason.  The girl's is slightly bare since I just took out all the broccoli (it was huge and shading the rest of the plants to much) I left just one because it had a caterpillar on it and Taylor wants to see it grow into a butterfly. 

You know, it is windy and cold today.  I think I may take advantage and make broccoli/cheddar soup for lunch.  Of course then I shall have to make fresh bread too - so I best be off to the kitchen to get it all started.  So my lovely readers, I apologize for a hastily written (and not really proofed to warn you) post. I shall be off.  I hope to pop on again soon to fill your minds with more useless philisophical jargen as well as the amazing exploits of my children.  Be well!


  1. I'm so jealous of your garden! I was never taught how to do it and now that I want to, I have no full sun in my yard! I have rosemary, basil and mint, but that's it. Someday...someday...

  2. Yay!!! I love it!! Great job girlie... miss seeing you and ya...B

  3. Mary - we do square foot gardening. My husband never had a garden in his life (well, that I know of) he read the book and took off, he has done it all. I wonder if you could do some research for part-shade veggies, there have got to be some out there.

  4. I will look into it as soon as I get my flower garden flourishing. I just read your latest blog about your courtship and marriage to Ryan. It was a great entry. I remember your wedding well. I feel the same way about my husband. We are very very blessed indeed!


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