things are growing

It’s not even June and some of the garden is getting ahead of me already. Here’s a quick post to show the monstrous greens and all the cute little baby fruits.

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I have (at least) two types of strawberries growing this year: a plain old “garden strawberry” (fragaria ananassa, left) and Frisan strawberries (right) which, last year at least, had hot pink flowers. The regular ones have already started producing lots of big berries, and I’ve even eaten a few already. The Frisan are slower and just have teeny tiny berries starting to form.

2013-05-21 22.23.53This is the first year I’ve grown broccoli, and I’ve been impatiently anticipating the formation of the crowns — and here they finally are! Broccoli is usually ready to harvest in about 50-60 days, and it’s been 50 since I set the seedlings out, so it seems like they’re growing fairly slowly.  But they don’t quite get the full sun that they should, so they may just take a while longer.

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The romaine lettuce has been ready to harvest for a few weeks really, and in the next couple of days I’ll pick a bunch to give it some room and let some new heads start to grow.  The spinach is also very crowded and needs thinning – sounds like it’s time for spinach & strawberry salad!  And the basil is starting to get a bit leggy, so I’m going to trim it back to encourage some bushiness.

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The sugar snap peas have grown a ton, and were a giant mess of tangled vines sprawling awkwardly our of the container.  I should have trellised them long ago, but Sunday morning I finally got around to making a string trellis and tying them loosely on until they start hanging on for themselves.  It took a *very* long time to de-tangle them and sort out which vine should be where, and I did break a few in the process.  Note to  self for next year…do it earlier!



A couple of the gorgeous flowers I couldn’t resist: (left: Sapiglossis, right, Gazania)
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And here’s what it all looks like, up top:2013-05-25 23.03.26

and down below.2013-05-25 23.06.08

Taste every fruit of every tree in the garden at least once. It is an insult to creation not to experience it fully. Temperance is wickedness.
~Stephen Fry


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