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.


  1. Beautiful pictures! Thanks for sharing.

  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.

  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. :)