Saturday, August 16, 2014

Still Blown Away

I'm still in awe of how well the ol' garden is producing after the terrible, awful, very bad start it got this year.


I wanted some green pepper as an ingredient in our dinner last night so went out and picked this beauty I've been eyeing for some time.  As many of you know, a sweet green pepper this fresh tastes nothing like one purchased in the grocery store!


When I was outside, I yelled to Papa Pea to please come take a picture of me standing next to the corn.  This variety is supposed to grow to be 4' tall.  I'm 5'3" and, as you can see, it's well over my head.  And this in a year when we haven't had that much warm weather.

There's no way to figure it out, folks, no way.  Happy weekend!

22 comments:

Sue said...

No explanations except maybe the Garden Gods felt sorry for us after that punishing winter???????
Happy Harvesting!
:)

Sparkless said...

I guess the lesson is plants are resilient. I suspect you and Papa Pea have a bit of a green thumb too which makes a huge difference.
Beautiful pepper!

M.E. Masterson said...

Wahoo for the corn. Nice pepper!

Tami said...

Yep. No explaining it. We thought we might have one of our best years ever with the Spring veg starting off strong but our Summer crops have flat-lined.

Freedom Acres Farm said...

I am in awe as well. Our situation is practically identical to yours. Cold, rainy, slow start in the spring but I'm canning my butt off now.... so God blessed us in spite of my doubt.

Nancy po said...

Wow!!! Congrats!!!

Kristina said...

That's a nice size green pepper. I picked a few myself this weekend. Glad your corn is doing great! Wow!

Mama Pea said...

Sue - Don't ask me why but I have a feelin' in my bones that we're going to have another "punishing winter" coming up. (Should I not have said that?)

Mama Pea said...

Sparkless - Papa Pea will readily admit to NOT having a green thumb but he sure is good with the heavy work!! Which enables me to have a green thumb, doesn't it!

Mama Pea said...

M.E. Masterson - I say double wahoo for the corn!

Mama Pea said...

Tami - We northerners think folks living where you do can grow anything you want. T'ain't necessarily so though. We all have our problems when it comes to dealing with Ma Nature.

Mama Pea said...

Freedom Acres Farm - I actually got a crick in my neck today from sitting and snapping so many beans! Or maybe it was left over from picking a gazillion shell peas and sugar snap peas before the trillion beans. :o/

Mama Pea said...

Nancy po - Thank you, ma'am! I'm enjoying every bit of the grand harvest the garden is giving us. (I can say that now tonight after the harvesting and processing is over for the day!)

Mama Pea said...

Kristina - My little green pepper plants that looked sooo puny for sooo long earlier this summer are so loaded with peppers and blossoms that I'm going to have to stake some of them up tomorrow. They're starting to lean . . .

Freedom Acres Farm said...

Oh don't get me started on aching shoulders and cricks in the neck!! Wowza, I ain't gettin any younger!! I got them kids agoin today snappin beans though!! YeeHaw!!

Mama Pea said...

Freedom Acres Farm - I don't suppose your kids were be overly eager to come work on more beans here, huh? Nah, didn't think so . . . ;o)

Sandy said...

Mama Pea,

It seems this year is a great year for gardens. Our vegetables and fruit seem to be doing a lot better than our last planting season. Great looking corn, and love that pepper. There is nothing better than vegetables from your garden. Can't beat the taste!!!

Mama Pea said...

Sandy - I can't figure out why the corn looks so good (ears about halfway formed) when the winter squash and pumpkins aren't even tennis ball size yet?! I'm just glad so much of the garden is going gangbusters!

Anonymous said...

BEAUUUTIFULL! Look at your gorgeous corn! Neighbors' corn around here has, on average, stunted growth of about 12 to 15" at tassle time. So I'm glad I didn't seed mine in! What a bad year; I had to triple plant my carrots, lettuce and deal with floods and cutworms. It looks like I'll be able to harvest a little something at least. Brassicas are doing ok-not great-but better than "nuttin". There are a few ripe tomatoes coming in along with leeks/onions and carrots.' Still gonna call in the gardens early this year so I can fully concentrate on building up the soil after flood damage. Gardening is humbling and sure does build character! That's a good thing for it makes us grow.-M

Susan said...

Oh, let's hope the garden gods were not listening to that winter comment, Mama Pea. I need a break in between awful winters! That is one handsome pepper there. I am hoping to get a few this year - that will be a first. And, that corn! It's gigantic!

Mama Pea said...

M - Yay for your tomatoes at least! I only have one cherry tomato plant left and it has marble sized very green fruit on it . . . about 12 of them on a big busy plant! I so need to harvest raspberries and blueberries today but it is still so wet out there after our two days of rain. No sun today, but no rain either . . . so far.

Mama Pea said...

Susan - I think the corn grew (really) another 12" during the last two days of rain. No sun but moisture. What's going on here??