Well, can you believe it....summer already? Where did spring go? It just flew by here. Now it's time to take stock and relax a bit. For starters, we are eating a fair amount from the garden, including carrots that were planted out last fall. Yes, it is zone 6 here in our garden in Nova Scotia, Canada, but the seeds germinated last autumn and sort of chilled out under the row cover all winter. Spring came and they started to grow...time to harvest now. The neat thing is, I didn't harvest all the carrots in autumn last year, leaving one to grow to seed this year. See that bloom by the carrots..well...last year's mature carrot. Under the soil, it is rough, woody and inedible, but above ground, in it's second year, growing a fantastic bouquet of bloom.
I'm pretty delighted to be having some success with the Windsor Beans I put out, under the cold frame cover in February. Sprouted some inside for winter greens but couldn't get all the seeds in the pot, so, scraped a little soil aside in the raised bed cold frame and pushed them in to see if they would grow. Well, they did! Well, eventually they did. Firstly, they sort of sat there, but once they liked the new digs..they took off. So, the last few days we've started to harvest them. Only yesterday, did I notice the black aphids at the plant tips, that seem to plague broad beans but they don't seem to be causing any problems with the beans. By the way, not to confuse anyone, these are called Windsor, Fava or Broad beans, depending on where you grew up, as far as I can make out.
They are the most beautiful, as well as delicious bean I have ever tasted. Look at this little darling, tucked in it's furry blanket. Almost too beautiful to eat. Yummm
All the tomato plants are in now and growing well. Peas planted late but they should be producing flowers soon. Greens...well a lot got pulled out and I reseeded with more bolt resistant varieties. We are still eating salads using Black Seeded Simpson lettuce, and a Cooks Blend variety that just doesn't seem to stop. Along with the lightly steamed Broad Beans, lots of fresh herbs get added, especially dill which I love. Of course, with the strawberries coming on gang busters, they also get added and with a lovely raspberry vinegar...divine. Forget the oil on this, too heavy for these light greens.
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