Thursday, August 26, 2010
Inside the Vegetable Garden ... What Can You Manage?
We love to eat vegetables as much as we love to grow flowers)))). Including the asparagus bed and bean wall, "the food production garden" is about thirty-five foot by twenty-five, and provides for a family of four when we are all here. Come, I'll open the gate.
The bean tepee has finally come into it's own, giving a good crop of Bleuhilde and Fortex beans.... a beautiful combination of green and purple black beans; truly the most prolific, tender beans we have ever grown. The foot path was covered in nasturtium and marigold, recently cut back as we couldn't get in))))! Brussels sprouts are gaining ground after the early cabbage fly damage...we are looking forward to eating them at Christmas.
Sometimes, it is hard to get a perspective on the vegetable garden when friends visit, unless you are "inside" the rabbit proof gate. The birdbath is the centerpiece.....the deal is....and I know the birds understand this)))... you can have a bath.....now hop down and get those pesky bugs!!
We are making an effort to gather seed this year; Red Salad Bowl lettuce is one plant we hope to collect from. It is our favourite (red) green, and looks beautiful on presentation.
Swiss Chard has not been a champion this year; leaf miner damage made it just too difficult to harvest until now.
Cosmos has been fantastic.....it makes a nice airy bouquet in the veg garden...enticing and welcoming, linking the outside flower beds to the inside food garden.
At the end of today, we gathered more plums to stew...trouble is..the Chief loves the sweet juicy ones and it is a trial to keep him away from them, especially when they fall to the ground.
Hope you enjoyed walking with me through the veg garden. It isn't that big, I know...but it is enough for us and about all I can manage. Think about that if you start a veg garden...just make it as big as you can, from a barrel to a field..but it must be what you can manage.