Thursday, June 07, 2007

This is part of my garden. It is where I am when I disappear for a day or two. From the vantage point of this picture, you are unable to see the compost bins that you really don't want to see, the first raised bed (carrots and potatoes, and cantaloupe), half of the second raised bed (lettuce), a quarter of the third raised bed (eggplant), the asparagus that runs along the fence next to the corn, and the zinnias that are in the corner behind me. Oh, the strawberries are beside the little shed that you can't see either. After all this, I realize that my near perfect garden picture leaves much to be desired.

What you do see in the remainder of the third raised bed are the salsa tomatoes (Matt's Wild, Yellow Pear, and Sungold) because you can never be too close to the salsa, and the french filet beans which are our favorite bean for light steaming, sauteing, or eating raw. Next to that is the corn, which has started tasseling. Behind that you see leeks in the second raised bed and squash, dill, and basil in the fourth raised bed.

In the first row after the corn are soybeans and peppers. The second and third row are pink-eye, purple hull peas. The fourth and fifth rows are lima beans, affectionately called butterbeans here. Next, is a row of rattlesnake beans which are great for canning and freezing, then cannellini beans and yellow wax beans for diversity. Following the beans are two half rows of tomatoes and two half rows of cucumbers. Beyond all that are several varieties of sunflowers.

7 comments:

JoVE said...

This is the time of year when the latitude difference really shows. We have a glut of lettuce but everything else is still pretty small and you can see a lot of soil between the little plants. By early August it'll be really lush.

wisteria said...

We are eating squash and french filet beans. My asparagus is in the root building stage of the summer so I have already stopped eating it. We have green tomatoes and tiny cucumbers. I am eating leeks and carrots but my second planting of lettuce and spinach has already bolted.

We've been in the 90s with humidity this week - true Mississippi summer!

ZBTzahBTzoo said...

I had no idea that butter beans are actually Lima beans! I was given a baked bean recipe years ago, from an old neighbor in Indiana, that called for canned butter beans. I bought them without having heard of them before, and without wondering what they were. How often I've lamented my family doesn't like Lima beans, when the truth is that they actually accept them, when they do not know what they are!

I also had no idea you were using raised beds, but I should have guessed.

We had 90 degrees and wind high enough to blow the top off the rabbit hutch today; hoping for some cooling showers tonight.

I planted my tiny upside down patio garden well before I normally would, just on a wing and a prayer, and my tomatoes and peppers are well ahead of the game. Myrtle saw them today and asked if I planned to pollinate them myself! I guess she's heard about the bee problem,too; but I have noticed our friendly bees buzzing around, so I'm not too worried. Yet.

I can't imagine managing all you have to take care of, but I do know the joy on a smaller scale. It's so worthwhile, planting & nurturing. I'm glad to have passed the tradition on to half my kids, and hope the other half come 'round some day.

Melora said...

It all looks so lush and lovely, and you have such a Beautiful long view from there! I hope to do better with the vegis next year, but I only have a small sunny patch that I haven't devoted to flowers.

Angela,MotherCrone said...

Okay, I can not longer hold back asking...adopt me. I'll weed and can and everything....

What an amazing garden...

wisteria said...

Melora, If my flowers looked like yours, I might stop growing vegetables. Though I have occasional lovely flowers, I really do much better with vegetables.

Angela, I'll get your room ready. Remember that it is guaranteed to be hot, hot, hot for the rest of the summer unless something unusual happens -like rain.

Z, Funny story. A few years back Martha Stewart Living had a story on summer appetizers. One of the appetizers was crostini with a spread of lima beans and other stuff garnished with a few beans. The color (green with the golden brown of the toast) was wonderful, but I could not help chuckling because the lowly farmer's staple had risen to such high cuisine. My sister was at a party where the trying to be Martha hostess served the appetizer of the month. Most of the party goers wondered the same thing I did, "Why would anybody mash up some butterbeans and call it an appetizer." I'm sure it was delicious, but I grew up eating butterbeans, peas, and cornbread on a near daily basis and couldn't overcome the commonness of the bean.

Kate in NJ said...

I'm a bit jealous of how early you have so much to pick in your yard!
We are just getting beans now.
Like Jove, we still have plenty of soil showing.