The Kitchen Garden

It begins anew every year.

The Early May Garden
The Early May Garden
The Late May Garden
The Late May Garden

Changing – expanding

Broccoli
Broccoli
Cauliflower
Cauliflower

Seeds are harvested to be planted again

Red Oak Leaf lettuce grown from harvested seeds
Red Oak Leaf lettuce grown from harvested seeds

The cycle continues

Dill grown from harvested seeds
Dill grown from harvested seeds
Dill seed heads
Dill seed heads

There is unbound  joy from garden to table

Yellow Summer Squash
Yellow Summer Squash
French Breakfast Radishes
French Breakfast Radishes

Vegetables harvested, prepared and eaten the same day

Purple Pepper
Purple Pepper

A bounty to be shared with family and friends

The garden in Early June
The garden in Early June
The Garden in mid- June
The Garden in mid-June
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A September Vegetable Garden – Thank You Martha Stewart!

In the beginning…

The vegetable garden ready for plantimg

Then seasons changed

The kitchen garden

Harvest time began

Yellow wax beans

 

Then I was left with the knowledge there was less growth time in front of me than behind me. What to do?  Turn to Martha Stewart for her extended season growing calendar. I purchased kale, planted seeds, continued to water and weed and now… A testimony to patience and perseverance!

Heirloom Tomato

Kale

Broccoli planr

Second crop of cabbage from original plant. The fist head was removed and eaten and the base left. All plants produced second, smaller heads great for casseroles and slaws.
Second crop of cabbage from original plant. The fist head was removed and eaten and the base left. All plants produced second, smaller heads great for casseroles and slaws.
These pepper plants were found growing in the compost pile and transplanted into a new garden area.
These pepper plants were found growing in the compost pile and transplanted into a new garden area.
Green string beans grown from last years harvested seeds
Green string beans grown from last years harvested seeds

Red beets

Late September vegetable garden

Eating A Rainbow

 Having a kitchen garden had always been a dream of mine.

 The kitchen garden

 To walk outside our backdoors, to pick fresh herbs, fruits and vegetables was once the norm and for many still is.

The vegetable garden between the home and bank barn

Connected to our mother Earth, being in tune with her heartbeat provides a security not found in daily commutes and eight-plus hour work days. Beginning in May and continuing though to the first autumn frost I know I will be provided for.

Yellow wax beans

I plant seeds and she waters and fertilizes new growth. 

Heirloom Red Beet

We co-create a garden that provides not only for the human family but also for a myriad of creatures who share our space. Birds, reptiles, amphibians, insects and arachnids compete for a space to create a home or food for themselves and their young. I too compete in the reaping.

July harvest

Tomatoes, cabbages, peppers, sometimes I am not the first to harvest from the garden!

heirloom tomato

 Cabbage

Mexicali Peppers

I do not mind sharing, they give back by strengthening the web of life through our inter-connectedness.

Monarch and the sunflower

Fast Forward

What lingers is the internal memory of the cold

I felt as though I could never get warm and wondered if I would ever feel the warmth of the sun on my body

Now I cherish the sunshine as does Mother Earth

The vegetable garden in winter, early March 2015
The vegetable garden in winter, early March 2015

 

The vegetable garden in summer, 2015
The vegetable garden in summer, 2015

The Beautiful Edible Garden

Harvesting  fresh herbs and vegetables from the garden and creating amazing culinary dishes has become a daily event in our home.

Gill and thyme at entrance to potting shed
Dill, thyme and Blue lobelia at the base of sunflowers and lilies

It began with the radishes and mescaline

French Breakfast radishes
French Breakfast radishes from Burpee seeds
Mesclun mix
Mesclun Sweet Salad Mix from Burpee

And had now encompassed snow peas, cauliflower and string beans.

Snow pea blossoms with potting shed in background
Snow pea blossoms with potting shed in background
Cauliflower blossom
Cauliflower blossom

Soon the heirloom tomatoes will be bursting with flavor and peppers will be stuffed with cream and mozzarella cheese.

Heirloom tomato Blue Beauty
Heirloom tomato Blue Beauty after a morning rain

Container gardens adorn the back deck some filled with parsley, rosemary red leaf lettuce and violas!

Container garden filled with parsley, rosemary and violas
Container garden filled with parsley, rosemary and violas

My dream is to double the size of the garden next year but alas, until work hours are eliminated an expansion of two or three feet will have to suffice! 

Terraced vegetable garden
Terraced vegetable garden with red beets in front and pass-along onions behind Chili and small red stuffing peppers in the containers next to the blue lobelia
Terraced vegetable garden
An early spring view of the garden. Today the vegetable plants are so large the terraced effect disappears

From My Backdoor

May is drawing to a close and the vegetable gardens have exploded after yesterday’s rain

Vegetable garden
The vegetable garden from my backdoor

Radishes pop through the ground

French Breakfast Radish
Burpee French Breakfast Radish

Mesclun mix is ready to pick

Mesclun mix
Burpee Mesclun Sweet Salad Mix

The sweet young leaves and baby beets of the heirloom, Bull’s Blood, are ready to eat.

Red beets
Burpee Heirloom Bull’s Blood Beet

Even containers are filled with edible delectables!

Edible container garden
Edible container garden Rosemary, Parsley, Red oak leaf lettuce, Violas
Onion flower
Onion flower from last year’s scallion

New Additions

As the vegetable garden expanded so did the varieties planted there

A twist on cabbage, Savoy

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A beautiful green cauliflower, Romanesco, sometimes called Romanesco broccoli, a cross between several heirloom cauliflower varieties. We harvested our first head yesterday and it became the main ingredient in a popular English dish, Cauliflower Cheese with Leeks.

Romanesco cauliflower,

A pea tomato with tomatoes as small as the size of pearls but bursting with intense flavor

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And blue potatoes, sorry, only the flowers for now! (If you look closely you will see scallions and lettuce planted in the lower terrace)

Blue Potato flowers

Remember Super Moon tomorrow night, be sure to toast the celestial event in your own way, I shall have a glass of wine in hand!