Sunday, June 26, 2011

Beginning Our Garden....Way Late!

As promised, here are some photos of the garden that we have been working on this past month. 


The weather had been too wet and cold to get started any sooner.

As I get older, I enjoy my garden more and more.  I never thought this would be the case back when I would weed the family garden for what seemed like hours and hours every day.  (Probably was, in reality, a whole lot less - right Mom and Dad?)

I am grateful to my parents who taught me how to weed, and more importantly, the value of hard work.

And the value of having a garden.

As an adult with my own garden, for years it had been more of a hobby than anything.

A place to escape to, where I knew my children would not follow....

For the past few years, the importance of having a garden has changed for me.  I have always believed that we should learn to be self-sufficient, but putting that into action is quite a different story. 

This year, I was hoping to have a really great garden.  One where we could harvest the bounty and enjoy it for much of the winter.  

Well, the weather certainly has NOT cooperated.  Too cold.  Or too wet.  Or too wet and cold.
We are at least a month behind, as my photos will attest to.

 Asparagus - have you ever had fresh asparagus, straight from the garden? 
Even if you don't think you like asparagus,  you will like it fresh. 
Green Beans - just sprouting
 Blackberries - a lot less hearty than last year...
 Chives - The only thing that's doing great!
Green Peppers - starts from the Farmer's Market.
 Red curly lettuce - close-out starts from the garden center
 Rhubarb - So I lied - the rhubarb is doing great, too!
 Tomatoes - Garden Center as well...
Zucchini - have you ever seen a more pathetic plant?
 New rows of strawberries....
 A cluster of berries, ready to pick from last year's rows.
OK.  So call us optimists
(well, you can call my hubby an optimist, since he bought these plants from the garden center)

Do you know what kind of plant this is?


This is a tomatilla plant.

I know....


Valerie said...

I sure wish I like to garden. Seeing plants you worked on grow and then eating the food or seeing the pretty flowers is sure rewarding and you get that!

LisAway said...

Oh, what exciting and yummy food you'll have! Sorry about the looooooong winter/spring. And I've never heard of anyone growing their own asparagus. Now I want to grow some myself...

Cmom said...

Beautiful and I am jealous!

M-Cat said...

I keep saying that one day I will have a garden. And then planting season comes around and I am too bored or disinterested to do it.

The fresh asparagus would be SO NUMMY!

wendy said...

Tomatilla plant. They make great tacos. (tee,hee)
Your weather has been exactly like ours it sounds like, Wet cold, wet cold..yadda yadda.
A garden is very rewarding. And, I love raddish sandwiches.

Amber M. said...

Your garden looks great! I sure hope it warms up for you guys...we are moving to Alabama late this month. Tony just took 4 weeks off so we are in between jobs and all our stuff is packed in storage. Not REALLY homeless and jobless. Just a little homeless and in between jobs:-).

Kristin said...

I'm loving your photos of the garden! It's coming along much nicer than my own :) It's not been a good gardening year - and for certain, this year the weeds are getting the best of me. I just can't get on top of them!


Opus #6 said...

I love gardening. Well done!

Nantucket Daffodil said...

Would love a garden update!