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Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Coming Soon to My Kitchen...


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

Garlic scapes



More onions

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.


  1. Your garden is amazing! Everything is way ahead of mine..We had one strawberry that was ripening but after the chickens went to bed last night, I discovered suspicious 'pecked' marks on it..hmm.

    I used to love to eat nasturtium leaves in my grandmothers garden as a child, they are peppery but good. xo

  2. I've never tried cardoon stalks but know that some people eat them. I love artichokes too but am leaving mine to bloom because they're so pretty when they do that. Nastrutium flowers make a wonderful, sweet and colorful addition to salads and to decorate cakes, etc. and the leaves are wonderful, too. Try them, you'll like them! Fun post!

  3. That ceramic spike is genius. When should we all come over for dinner? ;)

  4. A good state they are, and all looking so tidy as well! Those strawberries looks so juicy, and can imagine how sweet they must be, a level you rarely get from the supermarket.

  5. There is nothing so photogenic as a ripe red strawberry and the little white flowers are so pretty! Lots of good stuff to eat growing for you. Try the nasturtium leaves -- several in a salad perk it up. They do taste peppery.

  6. Wow you've got quite the veggie crops! I haven't even bought mine yet this year. Too many projects to get to the cleaning out and refilling of the driveway veggie growing stock tanks. Maybe this weekend...

  7. What a beautiful organized veggie garden! everything looks so happy and healthy. Love those tomatoes! they are so far along.

  8. Oh, yum! Why yes, I'll take a piece of fresh strawberry shortcake! Thank you! After I have these lovely fresh artichokes!

  9. That is quite a yummy veg much growing and looking so that tomato under cover.


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