Sunday, May 31, 2009

Garden goings-on

Things are really starting to shape up out in the garden. We were concerned about some of our seedlings because they sort of looked puny once we put them out into the garden. Apparently they just needed some time to recover though because now they look great. Our potatos are two feet high and they amazed us with how quickly they shot up. Once putting them in the ground they grew in around two weeks. We planted four types this year, none of which can be bought at the grocery. I can't wait to try them all out and we plan to shred and freeze some for hash browns throughout the winter.

Our corn is also doing well, it's about mid-calf height so I think we will easily make it to the "knee high by the Fourth of July" height that Ohioans talk about. The cabbages are nice and the brussels sprouts recovered well. They looked bad when we planted them out. This picture is of what we are referring to as our "tasty greens" plot. We had beets here but the rabbits and groundhogs ate them. We got critter fencing to protect our bibb lettuce, arugula, carrots, parsnips, peas, and the other plants I named. We have a few pea pods already on the plants!

Our last plot with any major growth is our tomato, bell pepper, and cucumber plot. We planted 24 tomato plants this year-a mixture of Roma tomatos, persimmon orange tomatos, and two heirloom varieties which are Brandywine Pink and Cherokee Purple. I'm not really sure what we will do with them all once they get their fruit but I see a lot of canning in our futures. We want to make pasta sauce, tomato juice, salsa, etc. I'm also really looking forward to making our own pickles. We still have four cucumber plants to get out there that we bought at the farmer's market.

In other knitting news, I finally have my knitting mojo back and completed my first project for the baby. It is the Rippled Baby Blanket from

1 comment:

  1. Can I come over for breakfast? I love hash browns and from fresh potatoes no less. YUM! And while I'm there for breakfast I think I'll bring some of those excess tomatoes you have in your future home. And to be a great houseguest I make a great pico de gallo. Do you have any peppers out there? And onions?

    Baby blanket looks great and I see baby has his/her first toy. I'm glad you got your knitting mojo back!