Spring’s Harvest, Summer’s Promise

First lettuces

And so it begins…

Despite the insanity of Last Week, I did get a few things accomplished. The arugula and the lettuce got their first haircuts of the season, and fresh plots of each were sown nearby, to take-over when this first batch bolts.

Which, if this weird heat keeps up, will be tomorrow…

French Breakfast Radishes

The radishes – crisp, spicy, and perfect for munching with a bit of butter and salt alongside a chilled glass of Rose…

The asparagus is nearly finished – it’s still a young bed, and I don’t want to over-pick and deprive the roots of energy. The peas, alas, did not germinate well…looks like we’ll be buying them from the farmer’s market this spring. The few plants that did sprout look good, and they’ll provide plenty of snacking for a couple of Munchkins…

Red Currant Bush

Over in the Permanent Collection, we have the promise of a very fruitful summer…

The red and black currants are loaded with fruit – more than ever before. I’m dreaming of sauces and jams…

baby blueberries

The blueberries are full, too…Some of the later varieties are just finishing their bloom. I have been promised by a certain Small Girl that she will leave some for the kitchen this year, rather than gobbling down each and every berry she picks.

We’ll see…

tomatoes in the ground!

There was even time to plant-out the tomatoes.

No time to weed this year, so every bed (except the greens, which are direct-seeded) got the newspaper-and-straw treatment. Hoses first, then wet paper, then straw. Poke holes, plant seedlings. Pour a glass of wine, and admire…

The pole beans have been planted, and all the cukes and squash, the watermelons and pumpkins are tucked into little pots of soil on a shelf nearby…Summer is looking good.

Peering just a bit further down the road:

Baby apples

It’s looking like a Fruitful Fall, too…

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34 thoughts on “Spring’s Harvest, Summer’s Promise

  1. Do you have the invasion of cicadas ? I read this morning on internet : they are on the east cost like every 17 years, a strange story which I don’t know,with a staggering noise : funny, when you are fare !

  2. Lovely photos. My salad leaves have come on nicely too. But my tomato plants may end up on the compost at the rate they are growing…. What is your secret? Have you been giving them the odd glass of rose too?! LOL!

  3. Looking good! Last night after the thunderstorms passed I went over to the garden and I couldn’t believe my eyes. There were all these peas that a swear weren’t there the day before. Also a lot of weeds that weren’t there the day before! It’s amazing what a few hot days and a good soaking rain can do. Smart move with the newspaper and straw treatment!

  4. Wow! I want to eat at your house this summer. No garden for me this year, although I’m hoping to put a few tomatoes plants in the ground so we can at least have some homegrown tomatoes. Your garden looks wonderful! You and the Little Ones are working some magic. πŸ™‚

  5. Great photos, quite surprised how similar progress is here too, radishes, salads, same and soft fruit berries just a tad behind yours, although my tomatoes are safely inside the tunnel. Look forward to comparing progress, things have really taken off here in the last week and I’m loving it!

    • It’s amazing what a few decent days can do for the plants…How do your tunnels fare in the winds? Everything I’ve tried gets ripped apart…
      Fabulous sunsets you’ve been having up there!

      • Tunnel, amazingly well, ripped a bit but checked and repaired over winter. Plastic cover now seen a fourth winter (they are supposed to last 5 years). The frame is strong (extra strength hoops) and concreted in, which helps.

  6. Now that’s progress, Marie! How fortunate to be harvesting salad, radishes, and asparagus already. My few plants are doing all right, though a couple are looking a bit water logged. A couple sunny days will work wonders, I’m sure. I am so looking forward to this berry picking season in Rhode Island. This should be fun. πŸ™‚

    • Waterlogged beats smashed, any day! Or deer-nibbled…
      I’m so excited for berry-picking! May take them on a field trip for strawberries first…there’s a P.Y.O operation just down the road πŸ™‚

  7. I’m just looking forwards to quietly sneaking into your berry garden when those red and black currants are ripe . . . not the fruit too often grown Down Under, I am afraid . . .

    • Thanks, Eha! They’re uncommon around here, too…For years, it was illegal to grow them – they were a vector for a disease that killed pine trees, and timber used to be Big Business in the Northeast. Most of those laws have been repealed, but 150 years later, they’ve been forgotten…I found these about 3 years ago, and LOVE them! πŸ™‚

      • And yet as a child in NE Europw we lived on them summertime and so many of the desserts made had them as an ingredient! Our parents knew where to find us, with our stained faces, when we did not come when called πŸ™‚ !

  8. Everything is looking really good, Marie. We planted eight tomato plants today and all our herbs. I feel so bad for the plants though, the high at the lake today was 60 with 30mph winds and it is going to be 40 tonight. I know they would rather be back in the potting shed in New Hampshire.

    • Ah, so you made it to the lake! That sounds like the weather we had on Monday down here…the wind was so bad that the kiddoes didn’t want to play outside even after the rain stopped. Hope it improves for you – and the plants πŸ˜‰

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