Although most things are progressing nicely in the gardens, I don't have a lot of variety of harvests to show you, so this will be fairly short. But then I always say that.
We start with a little broccoli, and snow peas, and Sugar Snap peas at the bottom. As reported last week the snows are slowing while the snaps are getting very productive.
We have a nice variety of fruit, with (clockwise from top) wild black raspberries, cherries, jostaberries, and blueberries.
The Kitchen Goddess took all these (except the cherries) and made another of her wonderful rustic tarts:
Then another good picking of black raspberries. They sure are tasty, but seedy! I noticed this week that we have competition from wild turkeys, who were plucking fruit from the vines. I don't mind sharing.
We took a few carrots for fresh eating. Here are Mokum (right) and Nelson (left).
It's weird...some of the carrots are quite hairy. It causes no harm but is a little disconcerting. I read that the reason is too much fertility, which is ironic, as I believed all my garden problems stemmed from lack of fertility in the old raised beds. I guess I'm overcompensating.
The broccoli had stalled, and anyway I needed their space, so on Saturday I took whatever side shoots there were and pulled all the plants. It was a good year, but not as good as last.
And now the former broccoli bed, with its new seedlings of Chinese cabbage and kale.
On Sunday, what else but a pound o' pea pods? We will have lots of stir-fries in the winter!
In closing, here's a snap of a flower I'm especially in love with. When we were in Key West (Florida) in March, I noticed wild gaillardia growing in the driest, worst soil imaginable just off the beach. I collected a few seed heads and started some this spring. They are putting on quite a show.
It always cheers me up when I see them. I've tentatively identified them as Gaillardia pulchella, known as "fireweed" or "Indian blanket." They are annuals, but so easy to grow from seed they will be part of my garden for years to come. There is a lot of variety in the amount of red vs. yellow, even on the same plant.
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