Friday, April 16, 2010

Promises, promises

I know everyone's garden is at different points, but mine seems to be in one of those liminal stages -- there's lettuce and carrots and snow peas ready to eat, but everything else is either small and therefore not ready, bulbing up and therefore not ready, or sitting around ripening seeds after a good run and therefore not ready.

Fortunately, for a gardener, even the waiting can be fun. I'm trying potatoes in two ditches down the sides of one of the beds. After they're all hilled up maybe I'll pop some sunflowers down the middle -- they would certainly be big enough to rise above potato plants, and pretty to boot.


I have no idea if these potatoes will bear. The ones I tried in the bin last year didn't produce much (although I'm open to the suggestion that it was user error) and I hope that these work better. If they don't, though, there's the former compost pile and its volunteer potato crew. Go volunteers!


This lady is out on the red kale. I'm excited about getting seeds from this -- there are always new things in gardening to charm and intrigue me, and seed saving is the mania du jour. The seed pods behind her suggest that it's going to be at least a few more weeks before these are ripe. The tat soi is much farther along, and they're nowhere near ripe. I love the fat pollen pockets on her legs. So in one view, I see the promise of new kale, honey, and baby bees, since they eat pollen to grow.

And while I'm waiting for all that promise, last night's stir fried rice (or part of it) with home grown snow peas, chopped green onions, and Danvers carrots.


So the waiting is both interesting and tasty.

12 comments:

Kate said...

Have you tried growing amaranth? It germinates very quickly, grows fast and soon you have leaves for salads, while it continues to grow and grow. Some reach 2m high and then burst into spectacular flowering tendrils, all the while you can cook and eat even the oldest of leaves and they are always delicious. It was one of the foods of the Aztecs and is my favourite vegetable to grow.
Nice to find your blog. Have fun, Kate ....http://vegetablevagabond.blogspot.com/

Annie's Granny said...

Next year be sure to ask me how to grow lots of huge potatoes. I don't have the room to do it here, but your setup would be perfect :-)

Ribbit said...

I'm sending potato vibes your way!

Daphne said...

I love saving seed, but I've yet to try any of the brassicas. We have way too many weeds that bloom around here in that family. I'd be afraid they would cross.

Heiko said...

Kate, NOW you're telling me about amaranth!? That sounds good!, Sorry Stefanie to digress... There's always some hungry stretch in gardening. Ours was earliers in the year, now I'm in a hurry to eat my brassica to make room for the courgettes and the broad beans are ready, my favourite! Good luck with the spuds!

Mr. H. said...

How fun to be saving the red kale seed, don't the bees just go nuts over those little yellow flowers.:) I like the dinner, my kind of meal.

Erin said...

Yum that looks delish! I think that's a great idea with the sunflowers and potatoes in the bed, it will look great!

Jan said...

I seem to have some potatoes sprouting in the compost heap too! Love the bee photo!

kitsapFG said...

The potatoes in the compost pile look very happy. Dinner looks delicious as well! :D

Kristin said...

The stir fry looks delicious and I like the orange backdrop for your food dish.

Stefaneener said...

Kate, I haven't. It's a great idea though. I was under the impression that it needed a lot more heat than I get over the summer. I'll research it -- and welcome!

Granny, I will. Or you could just email it to me and I won't have to remember to ask.

Ribbit, I'll take all I can get. Email me your address, please.

Daphne, I should probably research that, huh? Or I'll tell after growing them out again.

Heiko, you grow it first and tell me about it. Enjoy your favas.

Mr. H., they are all crazy over it. It's fun to watch them.

Erin, thank you for your support of my aesthetic choices!

Jan, maybe it's the new way to grow them.

kitsapFG, thank you. It was all yummed up.

Kristin, thanks. You always have such pretty dinner shots.

Annie's Granny said...

I lost your email address when I reformatted my laptop last winter. Email me at anniebloom1 at gmail dot com