Thursday, May 1, 2014

At the End of the Rainbow

 We were treated to a rainbow this evening - a rather dazzling one I might add.  In between the setting sun, scattered clouds and rainy mist, everything seemed to glow.  The weather was cool, but also a bit muggy - a sure sign of things to come later this spring.  I took it all in while I did a bit of gardening after dinner.  All in all, it was the perfect way to end this particular workday. 

 My spring vegetables are starting to grow steadily now.  I couldn't help but notice how tall the garlic has gotten already.  This past weekend, I transplanted some Chioggia and golden beets that I'd started in soil blocks in March.  When they get a little bigger, I'll thin each small cluster down to one strong seedling.  My snow peas are up as well and by the looks of things, germination was pretty good.  I even managed to get a makeshift trellis of branches in before they got too big.

 My Fava beans have also germinated well - I'm guessing close to 100%.  I'm growing them in three separate spots throughout the garden.  Fava beans have to be one of my most favorite edibles to grow and I'm really hoping for a good crop this year.

 Tonight, I also transplanted my shell peas - an heirloom variety called 'Champion of English' (which grows very tall much like the peas I saw growing in the vegetable garden at Colonial Williamsburg) and a purple podded soup pea.  Normally, I don't start my peas in pots, but for this spring, I was forced to since our planting beds are still a work in progress.  Luckily, they also germinated very well and I was careful not to disturb the long thick roots when I set them out. (On a side note, you can see my garden fork has seen better days.)

Is that a double rainbow I see?  Maybe we'll have double the luck this gardening year.

4 comments:

  1. Beautiful pictures! Thanks for sharing.

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  2. You are certainly right about an ideal way to end the day...we have yet to have a gorgeous day like that so I am rather envious! I keep seeing twigs used as pea supports - this is the 1st year that I am growing a bush type pea & I think I will definitely give that method a go.

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  3. I just refound your blog today while looking for hoop house ideas! I am so glad you came back to blogging! I always enjoyed seeing your massive harvests in hopes one day my garden would be as productive. :)

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