In the spring garden I find myself appreciating life’s sweet simplicities. I am out in the garden so much now, that I’ve contemplated pitching a tent, which would also help me get the snails and slugs in the middle of the night. No, not really! (Well it may have crossed my mind.) Watching my vegetables and fruit grow day by day is a true simple pleasure.
As spring gets into full swing, I can’t help asking myself if I’m growing everything my little heart desires. With the new bed, I can really sink my teeth into this whole veggie gardening thing this year. Here’s a list of the fruits and vegetables that are currently growing in my garden:
- Potatoes ( Yukon and Blue)
- Sugar snap peas
- All Season Butterhead Lettuce
- Cosmic Purple carrots
- Cucumbers (Lemon and Persian Baby Green Fingers)
- Golden Beets
- Green beans (Rattlesnake, Purple and Blue Lake pole)
- Heirloom Tomatoes (Rainbow Cherry, Black Krim, Persimmon, Old German, Pineapple, Purple Cherokee and Brandywine)
- Grapes (Green Thompson Seedless and Purple Thompson Seedless – both of which won’t fruit this year! Bummer.)
- Burgundy Plum (will not fruit this year)
- Double Delight Nectarine (will not fruit this year)
- No Name Peach
- Diana Fig
- Various herbs
Oh! And don’t forget sunflowers (Teddy Bear and Giant Mammoth)! I am definitely planning on collecting and roasting those sunflower seeds…and maybe leaving a few for the birds.
Hmmmmmm. After seeing that list, I’d say my heart has nothing left to desire! Being the practical gal that I am, I strive to grow things that my family eats on a regular basis. There are so many unique veggies out there, but with my limited space, do I really want to use up room on Bok Choy that I’ll have no idea how to cook? (Please don’t get me wrong, Bok Choy lovers). I’m sure down the road my wandering eye will motivate me to try new things, but for now we’ll stick with the basics.
In about May my pumpkin seeds will go in the ground. I am in love with growing pumpkins! I’ve got all new kinds this year that I’ve never tried before. Red Warty Thing, Big Mac, Fairytale and the mystical blue Jarrahdale. It’s difficult to save the space for them as I’ve been planting so much lately, but the garden is teaching me about succumbing to the present and trusting in tomorrow. It’s crazy how philosophical I am these days.