This ferny forest is my asparagus plants. I can't believe how tall they are. Some are over 6' tall. Does this mean there will be a bumper crop next year? Or are the roots putting every bit of energy they have into the ferns and will be weak as kittens next season? Gadzooks, I hope not.
This is a line of zinnias along the north end of the field garden that will soon grow into bushy bushes of riotous color. I hope.
I plant pickling cucumbers and make pickles only every other year. This is not a pickle year, but my dear husband wanted some to experiment with in making some old-fashioned pickles in a crock so I planted eight feet of them for him. They're only about 2-3" high as we speak.
Our three rows of potatoes have been hilled for the second, and last, time. The plants are so tall I really can't get any more soil to stay up around them. Only the one variety, the Burbank Russets, are blossoming at this point. (Those four little scraggly plants in the foreground are volunteer nasturtiums from last year that I can't bring myself to yoink out.)
The shell peas never seem to grow up their trellises as fast as I think they should.
But I did spot the very first blossom on them yesterday.
This is my planting of pumpkins (with the rather pitiful pot of geraniums in the middle) I just barely managed to squeeze in this year. I'm going to leave only one plant per each of the four hills and baby along each pumpkin it produces.
My row of bush beans germinated 100% this year compared to last year when I had to replant bare spots twice. They're lookin' good.
This is a shot of one end of my double row of Brussels sprouts. I find them such a pain in the patoot to harvest, clean, blanch and freeze that every year I say I'm not going to grow them again. And every winter we enjoy eating them so much that I do it all over again.
Oh, I do love to garden! And I consider the dividends it pays in wonderful food for us are well worth any time and trouble on my part.
I live with my husband on a small homestead in Northeastern Minnesota. Our daughter (Beyond the Fork in the Road) currently lives in a small cabin in the woods not too far from us.
Our place is located outside a small tourist town and a two and a half hour's drive from the nearest big city. Trips to the city are infrequent, well-planned, and exhausting!
We currently raise chickens and have hives of honey bees. Raising some of our meat and most of our fruits and vegetables is a priority for us; so, along with our birds for meat and eggs, we have fruit trees, berry patches and a huge vegetable garden.
Quilting is my passion, and I could happily spend each day in my quilt studio if I weren't happily spending each day out in the garden. Good thing we have winters up here; Mother Nature helps keep my life balanced.
Home and Household Manager (Highly-Skilled Domestic Engineer)
Wife of Retired School Teacher (I Really Enjoy Having Him Home)
Mother of Grown Child (I Am So Proud of Her)
Fanatic Gardener (So Many Seeds, So Little Summer)