Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Winter Green

When I was a child, time seemed to pass so slowly.   This fall days have melted in to weeks. The garden has served as a timepiece as to where I have been and what I have done.
the beds with Sanford and Son's skateboard ramp in the background

The planning and planting of eight of the ten new garden beds took some time.   I planned as I planted, with a bit of help from John Jeavons book, "How to Grow More Vegetables"- I companion planted my garlic and onions with lettuce and nasturtium; beets and peas, broccoli and cauliflower- and the list goes on.  Since I used seeds, I wasn't certain what the outcome would be.

Every short visit  was a display of some little green bits emerging from the soil.. combined with some strange animal footprints trampling and crushing some of the starts.    

First the lettuce:  Arugula, mesclun, endive, romaine and butter leaf each silky new leaf, sweet and unlike any I've ever consumed before.
Lettuce and Onion

Thinning carrot, beet and other seedlings to add to salads as micro-greens.   Some of them tasted like dirt and were spat out immediately!

 A green only found in nature appears, silvery pea shoots covered in dew.
English Peas

Pretty little carrots all in a row

Carrot, Butter Leaf Lettuce, Nasturtium

Mrs. Havisham still lives in my garden...

Mrs. Havisham lives on
As I begin to rip out dead tomato plants I am halted by beautiful little striped heirloom tomatoes...

Heirloom Tomato
and the last of the summer squash

Butternut Squash

My garden volunteers...somehow not consumed by rabbits?

Patty Pan Squash and Tomato be continued.....

Cheers!  Happy Holidays from Ivarene Farms.


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