It's the time of year when the garden seems to be busting out all over. The harvest is starting, and it seems something is ready to pick and process nearly every day. Yesterday I made my first picking of shell peas, have them shelled, blanched and in the freezer. Good feeling! While I was sitting at the table shelling the peas, Papa Pea commented that he thinks fresh frozen peas are our favorite vegetable during the winter months. I agree.
These are the three sixteen foot long pea trellises in the field garden. I plant on either side of each trellis.
Here are half of the green cabbages. The others are farther on down the row. I went easy on the green cabbages this year as we seem to prefer the red ones.
This is the row of the red cabbages. The red never seem to grow quite as big as the green ones, but that's just fine. Also, they're a little slower than the green ones to develop heads.
I planted on either side of only one sixteen foot trellis of pickling cucumbers this year as I still have an ample supply of bread and butter pickles, so I'll make only dill pickles this year. They've been slow to germinate and get growing big and tall, but I think they'll make it with no trouble.
The Brussels sprouts are coming along nicely, and we should have a good crop. There are eighteen plants in this row.
I squeezed four "leftover" Brussels sprout plants and two red cabbages that I couldn't fit anywhere else in this space.
Lots of blossoms showing on both the green and yellow bush beans, but I still haven't found any beans yet.
On the right is a twenty foot row of potatoes I planted from "old" potatoes left over from last year's crop. (There's a big cosmos plant in the forefront of the row that was a volunteer from last year. It was healthier looking than the ones I started inside and transplanted so I couldn't bear to pull it out.) I haven't seen one single blossom on this row of potatoes. I've never had potato plants that didn't blossom, but I understand they will still produce potatoes. We hope.
I usually plant a row of cosmos flowers because they make such nice bouquets. These on the left of the picture are just starting to blossom. They look a little denuded in the pic 'cause I'd just picked some to have in the house.
These are two rows of sunflowers. The taller ones in the back are starting to show their pretty heads and add so much to the field garden. The shorter, bushier ones in the front haven't opened up yet. They're more of a bronze color, smaller and well-suited for cut bouquets.
That's most of what I've got planted and growing in the field garden. At this point, everything is looking purdy good!
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