Peas, Lettuce, Volunteers and More

Took the cell phone out to the garden this afternoon…


The peas are finally taking off – I just hope it’s not too late in the season. They got such a slow start.


The lettuce in front of the peas were supposed to be reserved for microgreens, but they were doing so well, I decided to let them keep on growing. They taste great. We’ve already been harvesting this for salads. Continue reading

Autumn Garden Gallery


A Grow Camp update is long overdue. The only remnant from the summer vegetables are the bell peppers and they are still going strong, despite the cold evenings we have had lately. So far, my autumn plantings are doing great – red and green leaf lettuce, onions and arugula are all sprouted and growing. I just hope my onions get big and strong enough to last through the winter. Enjoy the gallery…mouse over for captions. I threw in a photo of one of our pretty yellow mums for good measure. Happy Monday!

Lettuce’s Last Call

I think this week will be the last harvest for my lettuce. It’s big, full, floppy, and crying out to be put into a salad before it’s way past its prime. My arugula has flowered, and while I still think its flavor is quite yummy, I think I will be harvesting that, too.

Does anyone have a great recipe for arugula, besides the typical salad? I’m open for suggestions! Once the arugula is out of the bed, my bush beans will have more room to stretch out…

They are growing up fast. But I think something is nibbling on the leaves…any of my garden expert readers have any suggestions as to what might be doing this? These are in my raised bed enclosure, so it’s got to be a smallish bug in order for it to get in there.

I bought some additional bush bean plants today to supplement my chewed-on, from-seed beans, but I’m holding off on planting them until I find out what’s snacking on what’s already in the Grow Camp.

Once the arugula and lettuce are out, some eggplant and a sweet yellow banana pepper plant are moving in, too. That’s about it in the garden for now – I’ll leave you for the night with a parting cabbage and herb garden photo. :-)

May Garden Goings On

Time for a garden update!

Above: The Salad Bowl lettuce has been harvested. This space will wait for bush bean seeds in a few days. The arugula and “Gourmet Blend” lettuce is still going strong. I will be making a big salad tonight from some of it. Beyond it is the chard…

It’s really taken off in the past few days. Swiss Chard is such a pretty plant. I love the red and green.

Above:  The tomato and pepper seedlings are out today getting some fresh air.

The cabbages are huge – still waiting for some “cabbage making activity” in the center.

Onions are moving right along! Beyond them, the spinach has been completely harvested. This is where I’ll be planting the peppers.

I trimmed a healthy amount of oregano today, so that he will play fair with all his neighbors.

Look what I found peeking up from the oregano! A tomato plant that sprouted from last year’s tomato jungle! I’m transplanting this little surprise!

Here he is! Hope he does OK!

My oregano bundle – we had raviolis for lunch with olive oil, sweet peas, and you guessed it – oregano! The rest I will dry.

And here’s the last of the spinach! What to make…what to make…healthy saut√©? Or decadent creamed spinach? I’m leaning toward decadent.

What’s your favorite spinach recipe?

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Great Growth Under Gray Skies

This past weekend brought copious amounts of much needed rain to our area. So much so, in fact, that we closed up the Grow Camp so it wouldn’t get water logged with the rapid rainfall. Sadly, I didn’t catch it in time for my microgreen trays. They were swamped. The rest of the garden looked lush and happy this morning, though.

The broccoli rabe is in the foreground above. He’s doing great! I’m glad I squeezed one in.

The lettuce blend I planted from seed has taken off! We’re having a big ol’ salad tomorrow for lunch!

Swiss chard is on the top left above.

Time for beer traps! These slugs are doing a number on my lettuce.

That’s me making faces at the slugs. In the foreground is the oregano from last year. It’s huge! And yes, I’m digging around in my garden in a white cardigan. Because I’m intelligent and practical like that. Ha.

I love all the lush green! Makes me happy on a cloudy day.