Monday, July 13, 2015

Gardening - My Green Thumb?

My garden is starting to finally produce so we can start harvesting. We've pulled radishes from the garden and they were so tasty.  I used them to mark the rows so I knew where the corn would be coming up.  Like my garden is a dinky 4 ft wide X 15 ft long X 1 ft high.  It is crammed full of stuff to grow.  Take a look at the picture.

I know, not what one would call a real corn field by any means.  The the right of the screen above is the peas.  It is a double row with a green plastic fence for them to grow on.  As you can see, they've completely taken over. Just look at all those hanging peas.  We harvested about 2 pints of peas the other day and will go out later today to harvest another batch.  My wife said "We didn't even make a dent in the peas."  I love peas and one of my mostest favorite recipes is Tater Tot Casserole which calls for frozen peas.  Yup!  We froze those peas on a cookie sheet then slid them into a plastic bag.

That tall tower to the back - that pole beans. The instructions said the beans would grow about 6 ft high.  The instructions lied.  They've grown waaaay beyond the 6 ft poles.  Between the corn and the beans (can't see them) I planted my wax beans. Yes, those yellow beans.  We harvested about a quart of them so far.

If you look real close, maybe you can see the 7 tomato plants growing between the peas and the beans.  I have Roma (2), Beefsteak (2), Mortgage Lifter (1) and Rutgers (2) and they are getting very laden with fruit.  Can't wait for the fresh tomatoes to come in for BLTs and salads.  

Also hidden from sight are carrots, beets and garlic.  I'm not sure about the garlic.  I planted 8 cloves last year and they disappeared.  I figured because of planting too thickly.  Well, this spring, they sprouted and I had like over 40 plants coming up.  I moved them and planted about 20 of the plants back down into a protected corner where they'd get plenty of light, etc.  Uh, they're gone.  Maybe I don't know how to grow garlic.  What I'll do is dig up that corner later in the fall and see if anything is there.

By the way, the corn is now starting to tassel and we all know what that means.  Harvest is just around the corner and I'm hoping to see about 4-5 dozen ears of corn from my little patch.

BUT, vegetables aren't the only thing I have growing.  Take a look at these beauties.
My triple (some say it is double) Orange daylily

My red daylily and look at all the blooms to come!

This is a reblooming yellow daylily (Stella de Ora)

And this is a pink daylily in the yard.

Since I took those pictures, the lavender, deep purple, striped red/yellow, white and peach daylilies have come into bloom.  Of course, it has been raining, they only bloom for ONE day.  Hopefully I'll get pics later when the sun decides to come out.

Added these just now...
A lavender daylily

This is the peach daylily blooming

I call this rusty red, it is an awkward color, not red, not purple, but pretty.

Until next I ramble on...


  1. Looking good! I like to find time for my garden when my characters let me. Weeds though are another subject altogether grr :)

    1. Obviously, Julie, you didn't look close at my pictures of the flowers - just look at all those weeds. This is a patch on a hill - about 6 ft wide, triangling down to a point at the base about 12 ft long. I pulled an immense amount of thistles - BTW Canada, if you're missing any, I know where they are! - and fighting with the grass now, but at least the daylilies found the sun. LOL.

  2. I'm really impressed. I have no skills as a gardener. I blame the two towering beech trees in my backyard for blocking all the sunlight and sucking up all the nutrients in the soil.

    1. My vegetable garden was behind the house and did pretty good but with it less than 10 ft from the woods - harvest was gamey at best, especially the sweet corn. There was no harvest there. 4 yrs ago in 1 night, the raccoon wiped it completely out. To say I was livid is an understatement - hence, now in the front yard and we'll see what happens this year. PLUS, I planted densely so weeds don't really have a chance in the garden.

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    1. Thanks. Less than 10 mins to weed the veggie garden - and as you can see, I don't waste a lot of time weeding the daylilies. lol.

  4. Wow Bob...I want to raid your garden like Peter Cottontail!