2014 Garden Tour
Besides our actual new baby, we sort of have another new baby right now, albeit one that is much much quieter – the garden! Knowing we’d be having the baby this spring, I was envisioning more of a “3 tomato plants and a pot of basil” type of garden for this year. Happily, I underestimated and we’ve got a lot more going than I expected. (Tip: Low expectations can be so rewarding!) Both my husband and I really enjoying working out there, so I find it easy to run out there for a quick errand to pull a few weeds or stir the compost. And, I should also mention that we got off to a great start due to a heroic effort on the part of my parents. My mom (and dad and husband) spent an entire afternoon out there, and those of you who know her well will probably be amused by that.
Additionally, the previous owners really put a lot of work into their garden and we definitely got a leg up by picking up where they left off. The dirt is super rich from being heavily composted and “worm juiced” and so forth. Its all soft and easy to till up. Plus there are several semi-raised beds which help make things neat and tidy. And there may be an irrigation system that we aren’t sure how to use exactly. Thanks previous owners! (We’re not as ridiculous as you thought.)
Anyway, this year we are growing:
- 5 tomato plants
- 4 types of peppers
- A bed of strawberries
- Two beds of okra
- About 50 sweet slips
- Two long rows of lady peas
- Peppermint, spearmint, and lemon balm
- Plus the previous owners’ leftovers: cilantro, leeks, onions, garlic, and asparagus
I’ve been meaning to pick up some oregano. There is talk of planting corn. And I think that should cover it.
In case you are wondering, “lady peas” are my husband’s favorite and frankly they are about the best type of peas I’ve had. I’m not a huge fan of peas in general. However, they are hard to find, even at local farmer’s markets. But, I believe I found some on a website appropriately titled “rareseeds.com”. My husband is skeptical that they are the “right” thing, but only time will tell. The little seedlings are definitely doing good, so we are pleased with our purchase from that aspect. And I’m kinda looking forward to making some future purchases of weird produce from them – like red okra or purple tomatoes.
Now for the “tour” part:
It appears to be a good year for produce in general. I guess the plants appreciated all those polar blasts. The peach tree has a promising crop (as do the plum, the pears, the apples.) Fingers crossed! I wonder if we should be spraying with something?
I should start making plans for jams and jellies. Mmmm.
Asparagus from the previous owner, now gone to fern. We harvested about 8 servings worth, of which I ate at least half – so good! Better than store bought. Now we wait for another crop in the fall. I also want to look up whether there’s anything we could do to get MORE asparagus out of these plants. More is always better in the garden.
Nowadays they are looking kinda worse for the wear, so I suspect their season may be ending.
This is our wild forest of cilantro. I’m hoping to harvest some seed (coriander) off these puppies, in order to eat it, and also in order to plant more cilantro in an actual pot or bed, and not just out in the middle of everything.
These are the little sweet potato slips, growing like crazy. They know they’re in Mississippi where the best sweet potatoes come from, I guess.
Peas in the front, okra in the rear. The okra ain’t looking too hot. August thinks its the shade, I wonder about the quality of the seeds we bought. We are thinking about putting a few more seeds out. However, okra is a heavy producer. Theoretically I still think we’ll have more okra than we know what to do with.
So friends, come visit us later this summer. I will cook you stuff straight from the garden and it will be fabulous.