Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Seed Full of Promise

It was a cold day in March when the boys and I poked knobby seeds into the ground.  Mine spaced exactly according to the seed packet directions.  The seeds the boys planted grouped in a mad pile that would grow into a profusion of young leaves.  

No matter how we planted them though, they grew.  The peas are ready for harvest and are slowly succumbing to powdery mildew.  Just in time!  It happens the same every year.  The cilantro has bolted and the lettuce behind it.  In another week or two, I'll empty out the bed and put in basil and some fall greens.  

The tomatoes have overgrown their cages, groping over their edges and across the raised beds.  Inside, they hide small green jewels.  Round and hard.  But honestly, ripen darn it!  I'm ready for bruscetta and salsa and streetwalker stew.  I'm ready for sun-warmed cherry tomatoes and hulking slices of heirlooms between CSA goat cheese and bread.

Meanwhile the pollinator garden - read, pretty flower garden - is doing its job.  Bringing lots of bees into the yard so that they'll be there waiting and ready whenever the darn squash (winter and summer) gets around to blooming!!

The zinnias and sunflowers are getting ready to bloom.  I couldn't resist this photo of a zinnia by the apple tree - just waiting to pop.

The best part of my garden - everything pictured but the tomatoes were once just tiny seeds full of promise.  Now, I'm just waiting for the promise to come true . . .

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 This is my submission for Tuesday Garden Party, hosted at An Oregon Cottage.


Diana said...



Dee @ Start Dreaming said...

Great garden! I never thought of PEAS getting powdery mildew... really? I always have this issue with squashes more than anything else.

As for the tomatoes... I am so with you on that. RIPEN already! What is taking so long this year? They've been green for WEEKS now. (grumbling)

Take care!! Hehe...

Ellen said...

Yes, just ripped out our sugar snap peas last weekend. Haven't decided what to put in there and have a nasty weed (rhizome based it seems) that I'd like to get rid of first. Green tomatoes and two pink ones! Then today it's cool and it rained. We need more sun! Borage is my bee-bringer-inner, plus lots of others stuff but the bees go crazy for borage.

Green Bean said...

@Diana - Thank you.

@Dee - My peas get it every year and the squash do too sometimes. Not as regularly as the peas, though. As for the tomatoes, they deserve a talking to!

@Ellen - I just checked out your blog. I knew we must be neighbors when you mentioned the rain. I'm on the SF Peninsula. I have to get organized to figure out what to put in my pea bed along with the basil.

Lexa said...

Just found your blog through the Oregon Garden Party. Lovely! I have extreme envy at how far ahead of my garden your is right now. Patience! What variety is that beautiful nasturtium? Thanks so much for sharing.

Kathy Felsted Usher said...

Our garden is behind this year too. For us (Missouri) we were cold and wet all spring. Thankfully some cucumbers and cherry tomatoes are starting to be ready with beans and zucchini trailing behind.

I see you are from San Francisco- one of my favorite places. I blame it on Tony Bennett. Your garden is beautiful.

Green Bean said...

@Lexa - Thank you for visiting. I'm not 100% sure because I have several varieties of nasturtium but I believe it is Salmon Gleam.

@Kathy - I'm glad we, in the Bay Area, weren't the only ones who are far behind. Of course, it could be worse. I know lots of folks who had huge swings of temperatures. At least, ours were consistent. ;-) Thank you for stopping by!

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