Monday, April 25, 2011

A budding garden

Dinner from the garden

  Slowly but surely the garden is coming into fruition. While it is small by my standards, it is packed with food. I had an amazing dinner tonight, 90% of which came from this garden. There really isn't much that can compare to that of eating food you sprouted from a tiny seed, tended to, weeded, watered, fended chickens away from, and watched over until ready to harvest.

The Garden

  So, what's in the garden? Well, at the moment there is a varied lot of greens, arugula, spinach, onions, carrots, parsnips, beets, turnips, radishes, kohlrabi, fennel, peas, cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, brussel sprouts, Swiss chard, kale, and tomatoes. Phew. There are tomato, eggplant, cucumber, and pepper seeds germinating now. I have more seeds than I care to list here that are ready to make it into the ground in the next few weeks. A small orchard of peaches, plums, figs, pears, and apples are reaching toward the sky.

baby peaches
Skyward young peaches!

  There are hardy kiwi vines wrapping around my fence. Raspberries, blueberries, and blackberries are  rambling alongside it. French varieties of strawberries hang in bags from it.

Future strawberry

  While I am far from being able to host a full scale CSA, I am on my way.


  1. I was unaware that kiwis grew on vines!
    Have you ever made kiwi jam? My kids called it 'pond jam' because it looked like there's polliwogs in it! (the seeds!)

    I am putting in a smaller garden this year. I have just enough fencing to make a decent one for the two of us, but I plan on packing it full!!

    Now...if I can only get TrapperDude to till it up....

  2. Lovely garden! We don't even have stuff outside yet here in Nova Scotia. My garden is inside my south facing windows waiting for the warm weather.

  3. Oh, and I'm ajplmama from but it seems that blogspot likes to sign me in as Lush because of my housebuilding blog.

  4. @Tina- I know! I didn't know they were vine fruits either until recently. The vines are supposed to grow pretty fast and really look nice on a fence or arbor. I will add kiwi jam to my long list of tasty things to make!

    @Lush- haha I love that ID! Wow, I feel like I put a lot of my veggies in late here!