Saturday, May 12, 2012

Garden Notes

It's spring in the garden, and I'd like to take you on a little tour.

The strawberries are starting to ripen; the first strawberries are always the most delicious, I think. I've been having them with my yogurt for breakfast; they are so sweet and juicy.

So far, I'm keeping up with them; I've been picking every day. I'm sure they will get ahead of me at some point, but right now, there isn't a lot else to harvest, and I can devote the time to searching under the leaves and finding each and every ripe morsel.

Or at least the ones that the blue jays don't find first!

The artichokes get ahead of me very fast; although I love them, they are great producers, and they're so much better fresh than frozen. I've learned to pig out on them in their season, and let my anticipation for them build when they're not in season.

I'm always happy when an artichoke lover comes to visit; today I sent some home with a visitor and we were both happy about it. I'm just hoping that there weren't any bugs hitchhiking along! That's one of the problems with organic gardening - bugs happen. I'm used to them now, but I do worry when I send stuff home with people. I probably overdo it with the bug warnings; it's not like they're covered with bugs, but my produce isn't pristine like their supermarket cousins.

It's still several weeks off, but the blackberry harvest looks very promising this year.

We planted an additional row last year, and they will be fruiting this summer; we're expecting about twice as much fruit as we harvested last year.

Last year, I froze a lot of berries, and we've enjoyed them all winter. This year, I want to make more juice, and perhaps some fruit leathers.

Based on what is already developing, I think there will be more than enough fruit for my experiments. Of course, I have to leave enough for Dan to make his famous blackberry pies and cobblers!

But there's even more, waiting around the corner:  In this bed, you can see cantaloupe at the bottom, then several rows of popcorn, onions, and the asparagus, whose harvest is already over, at the top of the photo.

Cantaloupe is another thing that I only eat in season now; fresh vine ripened cantaloupe is like nothing else. My mouth is watering at the thought of it; when it starts ripening, we will eat it every day.

We had so much fun making and eating our popcorn last winter; we're already looking forward to doing it again. In a few weeks, these little shoots will be over six feet high.


Miss Loretta said...

We had our first majestic artichoke last night with many more to come. I forget how good they smell when they're simmering.

Our berries are coming along like yours, onions, tomatoes, squash look beautiful, and okra coming up soon for more okra pickles and a fried batch here and there.

Summer isn't my favorite weather, but love the harvest it yields. Plums, apricots, peaches and more yet to come. Yay! Thanks for the pics. :-)

NEDbeads said...

It all looks so mouth-watering!! I am wishing I could come and have some dinner with you, lol!! So much hard work, but it results in such yumminess - I'm so impressed with how much you've done!!

Marsha Wiest-Hines said...

Oh YUM Cynthia! You are a wonderous gardener!

Marcia DeCoster said...

a few ants that were encouraged out with a water rinse.....but we are a bit late for eating tonight, with a stop at Kandra's and LA traffic, so tomorrow night they will be our treat. Thanks for a lovely interlude in our long drive.

Cynthia Newcomer Daniel said...

Oh, good! I"m glad you made it home safely, I hope you enjoy them tomorrow!