Entries tagged with “veg”.


I have two children napping at the same time! So, some pictures of developing vegetables:

tiny unripe tomato on plant
Black krim tomato in the making. Last year all our tomatoes were eaten by squirrels before they had a chance to ripen. Hoping for better this year.

tiny oblong green pumpkin
Long pie pumpkin in the making, maybe. Last year these plants formed several fruits, most of which dried up and fell off.

tiny unripe plum tomatoes
Monica plum tomatoes to be.

top-down view of cabbage
Caraflex mini-conical cabbage. This is about ready to harvest, I think.

small onion sticking up from soil
Copra onions pushing up out of the soil. Hope they’ll get bigger – they’re supposed to…

top-down view of broccoli head
Broccoli – another thing that needs harvesting soon. Problem is, it’s a small head (looks bigger in the pic), about enough for one person. And so far it’s the only one that’s even close to picking.

tiny zucchini on plant
Zucchini to be. Last year, contrary to reputation, two plants produced precisely one zucchini. This year I have three plants, so can I hope for two?

raised bed full of yellowing garlic tops
The garlic needs to come out shortly, opening up that bed for fall crops I may or may not have time to plant. If I do, it’ll be kale, beets, broccoli, lettuce, and cilantro.

pale purple flower
Desiree potatoes blooming. Note that flowering of potatoes is not an indicator of production. The past couple of years our potatoes have bloomed robustly and produced badly. This year we’re trying growbags for a hopefully less lousy result.

The 2012 veg garden website is up now.

Last year….

Things are happening way too fast around here. This time last April daffodils were blooming and tulips weren’t out yet. Now tulips are peaking and daffodils mostly done. With 80-degree temps expected for the next two days, I wouldn’t be surprised if all the bulbs were gone within the week.

yellow tulip with red flames
Tulipa “Flaming Jewel”

carmine-colored flowers on brown twigs

lots of tiny yellow flowers on light-brown twigs
Flowering quince and forsythia.

view of front flower bed with all sorts of colored flowers
Compare to last month. This hasn’t turned out exactly how I intended. There are two distinct color schemes: the white/pink/purple and the cream/red/yellow. They were supposed to bloom at different times; instead the hot dry spring has brought them all clashingly together.

daffodil with ruffled center
Non-traditional daffodils.

creamy daffodils with yellow and red tulips
The cream/yellow/red scheme, intended for May, too garish for April. Of course, this weather is too garish for April.

closeup of interior of red-yellow striped tulip
Who can resist tulips, though? These are Beauty of Apeldoorn.

pink ruffled tulips, white daffodils, purple hyacinths in background
The white/pink/purple scheme.

bud cluster on red-flowering honeysuckle
Native red honeysuckle has been blooming.

small white puffy flower clusters with different brown flower spike in front
In the more naturalized area, pussytoes (white flowers) and pennsylvania sedge (blurry brown spike in front) are blooming. Compared to last year, these seem to be blooming as they should be.

pink-white clusters of bell-shaped flowers on shrub
Highbush blueberry flowers, another native. As usual, the only one of four bluebs that’s made flowers. These are ahead of last year.

two types of small seedlings growing in raised beds
Peas and radishes planted a few weeks ago.

tray with about 40 seedlings
Kale, cabbage, and onion seedlings hardening off. They’ll go into the ground today or tomorrow.

yellow daffodils

I believe this is the first time I’ve actually had daffodils blooming at (before!) the Spring Equinox. Freaky. Compare to last March, in which nothing was blooming outside. Compare further to last April, which is what this March looks like.

single white snowdrop flower with green trim
Snowdrops have been up for a couple of weeks.

cluster of yellow crocuses
Crocuses, looking like they did in April 2011.

green shoots of chive emerging from leaf litter
In the herb garden, chives coming along well. Other herb action: winter savory, catnip, mint, oregano, and parsley. No sign of the tarragon yet.

closeup of head of curly kale
Last year the kale survived because of thick snow cover. This year it survived because it never really got cold.

wide view of mulched bed with lots of green shoots
Last fall I planted about 100 bulbs in this bed in front of the house.

green, clustered hyacinth bud deep inside leaves
Hyacinth bud.

cluster of reddish buds on honeysuckle
The honeysuckle is getting ready to bloom. Looks like it’ll be in flower when the hummingbirds get here.

raised bed full of green shoots of garlic
The garlic bed pleases me.

I also have kale, onions, cabbage, broccoli, eggplant, and impatiens started inside under lights. Peas, radishes, and spinach to be direct-sown this weekend.

Our 2011 vegetable garden website is up! Our radishes are up! Our peas are up! Our lettuce is up! And our kale seedlings have sunburn, doh.

A.k.a. Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day, although the only blooms I have at the moment are inside. There is, however, plenty of other garden action to report.

crocus sprouting through a leaf
A determined crocus

chives sprouting
Chives coming back in the herb bed

tulips coming up
Tulips-to-be

kale sprouts in 2-liter bottle
Winter-sown kale sprouting

kale plant
This kale survived the winter, mulched by snow, and is putting on new growth.

kale seedlings
Same kind of kale, started indoors a few weeks ago

spinach seedlings
Spinach seedlings

potted primrose
Primrose blooming inside

forsythia blooming
I took some forsythia cuttings on a warm February day. They’ve been blooming for a couple of weeks.

My peas are blooming. Pretty flowers :)