Our life living off the land in our log cabin, breathing fresh mountain air, and getting back to basics.

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

How Does Our Garden Grow?

Watching the garden sprout brings a joy I can hardly describe...it's a little like birthing a child. Have you experienced something similar? This year, our garden is being sowed in bits and pieces, mostly by Johny, who's been wearing the overalls in this family for a while now. I've been so busy with my writing class and preparations to head back to Florida, I've not been an active gardening participant. I'm proud of having planted bean seeds, but that's all I can take credit for thus far. We will be sowing more in the next few days before I leave, but I fear I won't be able to see those seeds sprout. So far, this is what we have pushing themselves through the rich soil and up to the sun...

Strike beans; love how they curl themselves from the soil.

Spinach; looks plain but we've not had success so we are especially hopefully these grow to their full potential.

The lettuce sprouts are a little blurry (from my photo, not from the ground), but they are abundant. The entire row is sprouting!

Potato greens are pushing through the straw...I hope we get more true potato fruit this year. 

The mache looks good; this will be a real treat to enjoy fresh. Have you ever eaten mache? It's used like a lettuce, with small round leaves that are sweet, crunchy and thin like a spinach leaf. Yum!

The turnips are sprouting at a wild rate, they definitely needing thinning. Yeah for the turnips, last year they were a little sparse.

As I walked from the garden in my sprouting reverie, I came across some dandelions and violets blooming along the side of the road. The contradiction of colors drew my attention, I thought you might enjoy this...

Thanks for reading my blog, see you tomorrow,


betty-NZ said...

Spring is such an exciting time in the garden with all the new growth. Can't wait to see more!

Susie Swanson said...

Awe, this give me the gardening fever even more so. You're ahead of us on your garden. I haven't been doing much this year and my hubby has put what little we have in the ground. He planted beans this week along with Okra and Squash. Wishing you the best of luck. It sure does look good. Hugs, xo

NCmountainwoman said...

I love the little shoots. So much more pleasant than planting established plants.

A Colorful World said...

It's interesting... some of what you are growing would have been considered fall crops in my family. Everything looks so healthy, and I wish you great luck with it! I planted a few things, but got so frustrated last year because of the heat's effects, and ants. My garden was pathetic last year, so I am keeping it pretty small this time.

Lise said...

So true Betty-NZ. More is sprouting every day!

Thanks Susie, everything is coming up beautifully. Hugs to you.

I agree NCmountainwoman. The only thing we don't plant by seed is tomatoes, we've never had luck with them. Maybe this will be our lucky year!

Thanks Marie, location is everything:) I know how frustrating it can be when the garden you treat with TLC doesn't produce as you like. I hope you have better weather (and no ants) this year!

Dad/Pepere said...

Love your updates and photos...the dandelion and violet photo is great. Hugs!

Lise said...

I'm glad Dad! Hugs back:)