I seldom post about it, but I do grow edibles in my garden. I have two lovely, quite large, raised beds in my back garden, where I grow all sorts of yummy food.
|Strawberries, growing in two big rectangular pots. I got the strawberry plants -- ten of them -- from Jenni at Rainy Day Gardener, at the Portland Bloggers Plant Swap a couple of months ago.
|They've started ripening!
|In fact, last night Nigel and I each had two after dinner. They were quite unlike grocery store berries.
|I love the way the morning dew collects on the strawberry leaves
|I also grow sugar snap peas, but I ignored them a bit, and so they've gotten kind of rowdy. Half of them are willing to climb the trellis, the other half seem to want to head for the ground.
|Lettuce -- we've had a couple of salads so far this spring
|Cauliflower plants started from direct sown seed. I really should either move or pull one of them, but I have a soft heart
|My Pak Choi basically went straight from sprouting to bolting -- Bummer!
|Garlic and shallots
|My Fortex beans are sprouting
|This is my first time growing pole beans. I've heard great things about Fortex beans
|What beast is hiding inside this plastic shroud?
|It's a San Marzano tomato! The tomatoes have been outside under the hoophouse plastic, since about late April.
|I don't have quite enough drip lines for the bed, so I've been trying out this Plant Nanny from Lee Valley Tools. It's a terra cotta spike that you put in the soil near the plant's roots, and then attach a plastic pop bottle full of water, which over the course of a few days seeps into the soil. It seems to be working exactly as advertised.
|I have plenty of flowers on my tomatoes
|I'm also hopeful for some green or red peppers this year.
|My squash plants, and one more tomato, a Sun Sugar cherry, are growing in black plastic pots on the south wall of my house.
|Plenty of Zucchini flowers on the way
|My artichokes in the gravel garden are doing well, although I probably won't eat them.
|I love artichokes, but I usually eat the ones that come in a jar, already marinated.
|I don't eat my cardoons, but did you know the stalks are edible?
|Did you know Nasturtium leaves and flowers are also edible? I might give them a try, I hear they're peppery, like arugula.
Well, that's a quick look at the state of my food crops.