Thursday, June 18, 2009

The Harvest is Beginning

Although a lot of the garden is still in its early stages, the strawberry bed, cherries, rhubarb, and first plantings of peas and lettuce are coming into their own.

I managed to harvest the first pound of strawberries from our bed two nights ago (which Q and I promptly ate as dessert). We've gotten a brilliant idea to make some of what was going to be grass in the front into a huge strawberry patch with stepping stones judiciously scattered for picking ease. Hopefully, allowing them to take over a couple hundred square feet (Q is sooo into less mowing) will eventually make a bed that's big enough to produce more than just eating berries. It's going to be more work to be vigilant about removing old plants each year to keep the production vigorous, but what a payoff. The stump's gone and it looks so much cleaner out there now, much easier to envision a strawberry field. I'm in Colorado right now on an impromptu trip, but new garden pictures will definitely be due of all of the garden when I return next week.

Q brought in two ripe cherries today. Mine was very tasty.

We've gotten two meals of salad off the lettuce.

Three larger stalks of rhubarb were harvested and the next big harvest is well on it's way.

Pea pods are starting to fill out. There are a lot of them.

Radishes are quite clearly developing rounded bits coming out of the ground. I'm hoping they'll be just right for harvest middle of next week. I'm glad we got the Easter Egg variety pack. It's fun peeking under leaf after leaf to see if the root that is now visible is pink or red or white. Truly an Easter egg hunt!

The violet podded beans have come up. (The plants also have a lovely purple tint.) I'm worried their growth will outstrip the corn that was meant to support them though. Oh well, if that trouble comes, we'll just have to come up with a different solution.

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