Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Veggie Garden Update

 I thought I'd do a quick update on how things are coming along in the vegetable garden.  By now, most of my summer vegetables have been planted.  And as the last of the early spring greens are harvested and space opens up, I'll be sowing more beets, carrots and other summer veggies with moderate maturity dates.  Then before you know it, we'll be planting our fall and winter gardens.  Such is the cycle of every vegetable gardening year.  There's always so much anticipation of what's to come, and some anxiety about what needs to be done.  Sometimes you just have to remind yourself to stop and stare and just enjoy the moment.  I thought about this tonight as I walked around the garden. 

I noticed that the first nasturtium flowers are blooming.  I've never had much success with them in the past.  But they seem to off to a rather good start this year.

 The Fava beans are in full bloom right now.  There seems to be an abundance of flowers this year.  I will make sure that they get an adequate amount of watering in the coming weeks.  Hopefully this will translate into a good harvest this year.  Fava beans are one of my most favorite veggies to grow, and a seriously underrated veggie in my opinion. 

 What's this?  Is that a snow pea blossom I see?  It feels like we've been waiting forever, and my plants are a good 2 1/2 tall.  But today, these delicate white beauties finally arrived. I've been anxiously waiting for the garden to produce something with a bit of crunch.  Of course the first snow pea will be munched within seconds of being picked. 

 My Napa cabbages are heading up nicely.  Even better, there are only a couple of holes in each.  I'd given up growing Napa cabbages at our old garden because of the voracious slugs.  Luckily the slugs have not followed us here (so far). 
 The broccoli is starting to crown as well.  I'm growing a variety called 'Acadia' this year.  I will be curious to see how it compares to my longtime favorite, 'Bonanza'.

 Step aside cut-and-come-again lettuce, I'm looking forward to picking whole heads of 'Winter Density'.  In the past, I've had a tendency to wait too long before harvesting my heads of lettuce.  This year, I'm not taking any chances.

Finally, one of my tomato plants is flowering.  Not surprisingly, it's an 'Amish Paste'.  We grew wonderful heirloom tomatoes at our old house.  Hopefully they will grow just as well here in our new coastal environment.  


  1. I usually get holes in my Napa cabbage due to the voracious earwigs. So far so good this year. But I have noticed that the next generation of them as started growing up, so I ought to pick earlier rather than later. I do want a head though and not just outer leaves.

    Your garden seems just a bit ahead of mine. My favas are blooming well, but the peas and the broccoli haven't started yet. I think it will happen soon. At least I hope so.

  2. I'm afraid I spend a bit too much time just stopping and staring and enjoying the moment in my vegetable garden and not enough work gets done. Yesterday I noticed a couple of hummingbirds flitting around and then saw that they had built their nest just outside my garden. So of course every time I go to my vegetable garden now I will have to stand there and watch. And I spend lots of time watching the fence lizards as they scoot around my garden. There are just too many ways to spend time in my garden not gardening.

    I have to thank you again for introducing me to Amish paste, it is the best paste tomato.

  3. I love fava beans too but, for whatever reason, I didn't think of growing them. I think I will have to add those to my ever expanding list.

    I have one variety of lettuce that I am going to let mature & then cut the entire head - question is, when should I do that? Knowing me, I'll probably end up waiting too long as well - maybe I'll cut a few heads now, just in case, and then let the rest grow a bit more.

  4. My fava beans and snap peas are almost done producing. Our temps are in the 90s and the veggies are not happy except tomatoes and eggplants, I haven't had any luck with Amish Paste.

  5. Wow! These photos are excellent! You showed us vibrant greens and fresh colours, your veggies do look tasty!