I’ve started finding some little friends in my garden.
Actually this first guy is quite a large little friend. He has been hanging out in my lettuce leaves for about a week now. He greets me every morning when I go out to pick our greens for the day. I’m already dreading the day that I have to pull up all the remaining lettuce and he looses his happy little home. I can only hope that when that day comes the other plants in the adjacent beds have become large enough to offer him a welcoming new home.
I’m not actually sure what this next little guy is. I know when we were kids we called them inch worms. Where did he come from and what will he become. I’m assuming this is just a middle stage of his development. As cute as he is I have had to give up a portion of my basil and spinach to his hungry little belly. Not ideal but he and his buddies aren’t so numerous as to be a problem…yet. I’m going to look into organic and ethical ways to deter these little guys from eliminating my basil.
Elliott got to bring home his PECS book! It’s almost been two weeks and he has become a master at asking for what he wants. His top wants include watching people play Zelda, Mario Cart 8, and Mario Odyssey. Next in line is definitely going outside to play in the back yard.
The first day he had his book he asked to go to the park. Of course I had to take him. It was so cute. It was one of the windiest days this spring. I think the wind gusts were around 40mph. He had a blast though.
Flint is also enjoying having his little brother ask him for things with his book. Here they are playing Zelda together.
Elliott’s favorite food to ask for with his book is donut holes. We don’t have them all the time but every once in a while he loves them.
This is meant to be a weekly segment to show the progress and evolution of my garden beds over the rest of this year.
Edible Garden Bed #1
I’m so proud of this first bed! The sage, rosemary, and chives are holdovers from last year that over wintered very well in the bed. I have already drastically cut back the sage and it is taking over again. I will have to rein it in again this weekend.
There are six small basil plants in there that I grew from seeds. They are one of the plants I am so proud of because I was actually able to grow them from seed and transplant them into the garden. They seem pretty happy but aren’t growing quite as quickly as the other plants in the bed.
You can’t see them at all because they are hiding under the turnip greens but there are beautiful little Tom Thumb lettuce heads in there too. The turnips have really taken off and I plan on harvesting them tomorrow and roasting them for lunch.
There are two tomato plants in the back that are starting to take over. With them are a few kale plants. I actually thought the kale would do a lot better but I may have hindered them with the tomatoes. Lastly there is the spinach. I have have some little caterpillars munching away on it so I will probably just pull it soon. When I replant I will make sure to spray them with some type of natural bug repellent.
Edible Garden Bed #2
This bed while not as full will be soon enough. I have four bell pepper plants and two hot pepper plants. Those still need it to get a little warmer before they really take off. I also have four cucumber plants. those may get out of control and need to be thinned out even more but for now I am letting them spread their legs. The peppers and the cucumbers were all grown from seeds and transplanted. The lettuce and the peas in the bed were sown in the bed at the end of April. We have been eating the lettuce but I’m not sure we will get any peas this year. It’s getting hot pretty fast this year.
Edible Garden Bed #3
This bed was mostly planted this last weekend. The only thing that was planted previously were the pole beans. They are still pretty small. The zucchini and the yellow squash are starting to sprout. Just two more plants to go. The other plants we seeded last weekend were the mouse melons and the ground cherries. They are a little slower to sprout. Hopefully over the next couple days I see them start to show themselves.
I can’t wait to check back next week and see what we have. I will also update the containers at that time so I can get an idea of how well they are progressing.
The garden has finally made it’s way to the table! Lettuce from the garden has started appearing on our plates. The spinach has made it’s way there too.
The salad below is made with the Tom Thumb and Loose Leaf from our garden. It’s topped with grilled pineapple and onions, feta cheese, and a squeeze of lime. I also grilled a pork tenderloin to go with it.
This meal was really good! It was pesto and panko crusted chicken thighs with a spinach salad from our garden. The spinach was topped with feta, cucumbers, black olives and a greek vinaigrette.
Container gardening is not something I am good at. I don’t understand how those luscious looking pots at the garden store are made. Never the less I try every year to grow plants in pots and this year is no different.
The three pots above contain some baby herbs. There are a few basils, an Italian parsley, sage, and thyme. They are so small and growing at such a show clip I’m not sure the pots will ever look full.
The next two containers are planted with Lizzano tomatoes. The variety is supposed to grow well in containers. I surely have fingers crossed because we eat a lot of tomatoes in our house. In our area it takes tomatoes a very long time to start producing. This is mostly because the temperatures get too hot almost from the start for them to pollinate… or so I have been told.
I haven’t been able to knit in forever! Or do anything else fiber related for that matter. When Flint was little I knit like a crazy person. Elliott just doesn’t leave me the same time. He is getting better and I guess it’s partly my fault. Staying home with him lets me explore all kinds of other hobbies that I didn’t have time for before. Fiber crafts are still my passion though and over the next couple weeks I am going to try and wrap up a few projects that I have had going for a while and hopefully get some spinning done.
The following are are a few of the projects that I completed over a year ago. My mother-in-law needed a few handmade items for a fundraiser that she is helping with and I found these. The two knit scarfs are made with yarn that I spun myself. The third scarf is one that I wove right after Elliott was born.
Looking back at them now I think I like them even more than when they were first completed. I’m going to use them as inspiration to pick up the needles and wheel again and get started. I would love to have some yarn spun before fall for a winter of knitting.