Late May is a time of glorious growth, beauty, and promise. After months and months of eating supermarket produce from California, suddenly we’re walking into the garden and harvesting a large salad, or a broccoli, or a new pea. The excitement of growing my own food, and the beauty of the garden is what keeps me growing, year after year.
The second year of my perennial flower and herb garden. Many of the plants in this bed were transported all the way from Oregon, and lovingly transplanted. A few, such as strawberries and rhubarb (and the fruit trees) were added last spring.
Brassicas took a hit early on, with an unexpected frost. But they’ve come back to begin producing broccoli florets (!!).
I’m sure every gardener has a crop that, despite their best efforts, just won’t produce for them. For me, they are peas and cilantro! I can never seem to grow a great stand of peas or time cilantro seeding appropriately! This year might be the best pea crop yet, although much of that is to Ella’s credit! In this bed, you can get a sense of my gardening style – throw lots of different plants into the same bed, and fill whatever opening is available! Lettuce will make way for a mid-summer sowing of beans or tucking in a few eggplants. Peas will make way for a late summer sowing of beets and carrots.
Strawberries are a true treasure, and a great way to teach kids about sharing! We literally split each ripe strawberry into four parts so each member of our family can experience their ripe sweetness!
Sweet potato slips, newly planted in the ground. Although I did start my own slips last year, I opted for buying them from the Amish store this year. We planted two 20 foot rows of three different varieties, in hopes that they will be a foundational food storage crop for the fall and early winter.
What is growing in your garden? Feel free to link to blog posts or just share in the comments below!