I came back from my weekend downstate to find the garden in full vigor. Mr. UpCountry built up the trellis while I was gone and also did a little weeding (although it was pretty minimal, our conditions are great for keeping them out).
He also replanted whatever didn't come up and transplanted some that were a bit too close together (or had somehow moved way off track).
Everything's coming together and I really owe it to Mr. UpCountry for applying his wisdom, muscles, and time to this project. I'm grateful for his tutelage. I know it wouldn't look so healthy and lush if it wasn't for him.
No strawberry fruit yet; but where there's flowers, there's hope!
We had one set of three-foot stakes with string pulled taut across them for the end where our peas are growing. No good! Not tall enough! Our peas have high aspirations, so Mr. UpCountry replaced the three-foot stakes with six-footers, and added a second row of them so the peas had more room to move up.
The garden looks so tiny, doesn't it? Well, it's my first year (and Mr. UpCountry's first year working in raised beds), so keeping it small is probably better in the long run. With the sheer amount of growth going on, though, I'm thinking that we're going to get plenty of veggies and herbs out of this little space.
I'm not a fan of beets myself (and we sure planted plenty). However, a lot of folks up here like them (including a slew of family members and Mr. UpCountry), so I'm going to get my hands dirty in canning and pickling them over the summer to give out as gifts and keep my man happy over the winter.
It's weird to me that I don't like them. They're colorful and have been called "candy of the earth." I love candy! But not candy of the earth, I suppose.
The cabbage is taking over! (Not really, it's filling the space that it's supposed to, but it sure looks crazy anyway.) We planted spearmint because it acts as a natural insecticide. Also, it smells good (and is a garnish for mojitos).
Our cukes have given us a run for our money, but they finally look like they're gettin' it together. I'm excited; when it comes to my future pickling endeavors, these are the real gems I look forward to handling.
My parents had peas in their garden while I was growing up, but I'm guessing my nose was buried too far in a book or I was just too unobservant to notice how awesome they are. These guys steal the show when it comes to impressive growth tactics: reaching out their little pea "hands" and grabbing onto our trellis string is super-neat. (Like, in the way trapper keepers were super-neat. And penny candy, back when that used to be around.)
Our beans are finally looking good. We had to pull out all our original seedling transplants because it was too cold and they died on us. After replanting, we battled the cold again and had to deal with the seeds rotting out during germination. It took too long for them to pop above the surface and they looked leperous once they came above the soil surface.
We planted a third time and 'voila!'. They finally love us (or the sun) enough to stay alive.
My new problem child is this broccoli baby. What's up with that leaf? I haven't asked Mr. UpCountry yet, so I might know the answer to this within moments. But, I'm curious: in your gardens, have you come across this?
Here's a bigger-picture tour of the beds:
And here's the hat I bought at Old Navy a few days ago to keep some of the sun off my face (and, let's face it, the horseflies and black flies off my scalp).
That's where my garden's at.
How about yours? If you don't have raised beds or an in-ground garden, do you have anything growing inside on windowsills or in sunrooms? Where do you flex your green thumb?