Saturday Farmer’s Market

Saturday Farmer’s Market is an event I started a couple of years ago, but kind of let get away from me. My dear, dear friend Chris asked me if he could take it over and I was delighted to turn the reins over to him. Check out his blog for more gardening and good food goodness and join in the fun!

It’s been awhile, so I thought I’d show you how things are growing.

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Obviously, it’s pretty green around here!

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To-MAY-toes! Yum!!!I can’t wait to put that on some bread.

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The beans plants are almost as tall as me!

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We have sugar snap peas!! Daughter says, well, I don’t know how to type it out, but it’s the aural equivalent of YUM.

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SOMETHING has been eating on my brussels sprout leaves. I have to spray them. As soon as I make the spray. My blender is going to love me.

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Cucumber bloom! There are lots and lots of inch long cucumbers in there.

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Yummy, yummy mint. I have to make some lemonade.

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This week I cut down all the oregano and am drying it. Not a moment too soon either; I’m on my last jar of dried!

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And here is the comfrey salve I made. It looks, feels, and smells marvelous! Next time, I will add just a little bit more beeswax. I’d like it a touch thicker.

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The kids caught Mr. Pip here last week and we set him free today. I’m going to miss him. He always held my finger when I picked him up!

So, how are things growing where you are? Do you have a garden? Do you want to start one? You know I want to hear all about it.

Saturday Farmer’s Market // June 2, 2013

Saturday Farmer’s Market is an event I started a couple of years ago, but kind of let get away from me. My dear, dear friend Chris asked me if he could take it over and I was delighted to turn the reins over to him. Check out his blog for more gardening and good food goodness and join in the fun!

I am so embarrassingly late with this. Hello? It’s Sunday? Ugh. But, better late than never, right? Here’s a quickie update.

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There she is. Isn’t she getting big? I LOVE her. My garden is bringing me so much joy and peace this year. Both of which I sorely need.

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Baby cucumbers have appeared!

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The beans and peas are a’climbin’!

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The pepper plants have lots of flowers.

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The Brussels sprouts are huge. Believe it or not, there are carrots under there. I swear! And a couple rogue cucumber plants I haven’t had the heart to pull. Will have to soon though. 🙁

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The onions are doing great.

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Another angle.

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And the pièce de résistance! Baby tomatoes!!! Holla!!!

Today I made some comfrey salve. Will report sometime this week as to how that turned out. I love the way it feels on my skin (and my joints love it!) so I hope it turns out right. I’ve never made it before! Next I plan to make some rosemary and lavender essential oils. And, since I have some beeswax leftover, I may make a candle! Eek! So exciting!

Saturday Farmer’s Market

Saturday Farmer’s Market is an event I started a couple of years ago, but kind of let get away from me. My dear, dear friend Chris asked me last month if I minded if he resurrected it (just in time for Easter!) and I was delighted to turn the reins over to him. Check out his blog for more gardening and good food goodness and join in the fun!

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This is my comfrey. It has grown so large! It will have flowers soon, which are so pretty. I love it! I hope to make some salve from the leaves this year. Good for the aching joints!

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This is one of my 12 potato plants. They are SO tall now!

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A row of onions. They are growing so fast. I need to plant the other 40.

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Beans and sugar snap peas are growing fast. I can’t wait to see them climbing that trellis.

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This is the daughter’s garden. It’s a lovely mishmash of flowers, cabbage, brussels sprouts, rogue tomato plants and wildflowers. Wild and beautiful, just like her!

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My first (and main) bed. Brussels sprouts are huge, the carrots are tiny, the pepper plants are…still alive? They don’t look like they have grown much yet. On the far right, is part of the line of tomatoes. They have doubled in the last week.

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Another view. I got a little snap-happy.

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Looking down on a brussels sprout plant (and my toes!). We were curious as to whether one could eat the leaves or not (since they look a lot like cabbage leaves. Turns out you can! And from what we read, are actually more nutritious than the sprouts! Can’t wait to try some!

So? How doth your garden grow?

Saturday Farmer’s Market

Saturday Farmer’s Market is an event I started a couple of years ago, but kind of let get away from me. My dear, dear friend Chris asked me last month if I minded if he resurrected it (just in time for Easter!) and I was delighted to turn the reins over to him. Check out his blog for more gardening and good food goodness and join in the fun!

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Look at the wee baby peach! I love it!

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This is my daughter’s bed. There are a couple flowers that came back from last year. Her school project cabbage. One brussels sprout. A lot of wild flower seed she scattered a couple weeks ago. And about FIFTY baby tomato plants. I just don’t even know where to put them.

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The surprise cucumber(s)! They came up from last year’s plant.

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The brussels sprouts are getting so big!

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So are the onions!

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And I am so proud of my potatoes! Isn’t it adorable!

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The comfrey is coming up nicely.

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So is the oregano. Thank goodness, because I’m almost out of my dried batch from last year.

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Here we have more oregano, rosemary, chives, thyme, and the parsley that will not die. That parsley is from LAST summer. It lived all winter!

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And this is some random flower in the daughter’s box that came back from last year. Not sure what it is. Any clues?

Today I will be putting in the wee baby tomato plants, cucumbers, jalapeños, sweet banana peppers, and, if the seeds sprout today, beans and peas. If they don’t, they’ll go in tomorrow.

What do you have planned for your garden this week? Or will you be hitting up the Farmer’s Market?

Saturday Farmer’s Market

Saturday Farmer’s Market is an event I started a couple of years ago, but kind of let get away from me. My dear, dear friend Chris asked me if I minded if he brought it back and I was delighted to turn the reins over to him. Check out his blog for more gardening and good food goodness and join in the fun!

Lots going on in the garden this week!

Since I have to move my tomatoes this year (they got the blight last year, so I can’t  plant them where I had them for a couple of years, I started “plowing” a new row for them. It’s hard work ripping up turf with your own two hands, yo! Me feel so strong. And also, everything hurts.

And, this is a lot longer than it looks in this picture. I didn’t realize this angle would shorten it so much! It’s long enough for about 5 tomato plants, and I need to add about 2 more feet to it today.

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The onions started coming up!

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So did the potatoes! Cute!!

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The Brussels sprouts are looking good. They grew quite a bit this week! LOVE Brussels sprouts!

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I also see some lettuces! Such cute little lettuces!

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Next week will see the garden really get going with tomatoes going down, beans, and peas. Oh, and also CUCUMBERS!!!!! Also need to get more compost down on the potatoes and need to add some cow, um, manure, to the main bed. I think that soil might be a tight under nourished. OH, and I want to get some dried milk around the Brussels sprouts to give the soil a little more calcium. AND, I want to mulch it ALL. I NEED MORE TIME.

Anyone know a good, natural, way to get rid of ants? Bueller? I tried vinegar, but the little buggers are still there! UGH!

Thanks Chris, for bring this back, I’ve missed it so!

Saturday Farmer’s Market

Saturday Farmer’s Market is an event I started a couple of years ago, but kind of let get away from me. My dear, dear friend Chris asked me last month if I minded if he resurrected it (just in time for Easter!) and I was delighted to turn the reins over to him. Check out his blog for more gardening and good food goodness and join in the fun!

As for my own blog, things are starting to get going! And you know me; I AM SO EXCITED!!!

Right now I am chomping at the bit to get some tomatoes, beans, and cucumbers in the ground, but in the meantime, I have these lovelies going.

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The first things to raise their  “heads” were the trees. The peach tree is covered in lovely blooms, and my weeping cherry is weeping prettily.

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New addition to the garden this year: potato bags! I’m putting in two more tomorrow. I hope I’m rolling in potatoes. I have never actually GROWN potatoes though, so we’ll see how this goes.

 

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Another new thing to try: Brussels Sprouts! The girl and I are obsessed with Brussels Sprouts, so planting them made sense. We have 8 plants!

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The beautiful, beautiful asparagus is coming up. I know it’s hard to see in this picture, but trust me. It’s there.

 

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The comfry is coming back!!

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So is my chocolate mint!

 

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And my yummy, yummy oregano.

Next weekend I hope to put in my beans and sugar snap peas. I’m trying the beans in a new spot, a new type, and with a different kind of trellis. Should be interesting!

Have you gotten up to anything in your garden yet? Or have you gotten anything interesting from the Farmer’s Market yet? Do tell! Chris! Here! I’ll be watching!

 

Saturday Farmer's Market

Well. I finally did it.

Yep. I ripped it (almost) all up.  Just the small jalapeno plant is left and I don’t think it will make it much longer.  Looks kinda lonely, doesn’t it?  The poor jalapeno plant is the only thing left!

I got up all the herbs that won’t come back.  The basil, the tarragon, the parsley.

And check this out.  All that honeysuckle and stuff I ripped out from beside the carport?  It had choked off my rose bushes.  I thought they were dead.  But look!

It has grown almost a foot in the two weeks since I cut all that back.  It was barely 2 inches off the ground!  And that, my friends, is why plants are awesome and will outlive us all.

How does your garden grow this week?  Or, rather, not?  Tomorrow I will plant my collards, spinach and perhaps carrots?  You’ll see next week!