I’m still pinching myself that I’m able to grow so much from seed, tending on the weekends only, with no soil boosters except good old compost. Look at the raised beds this month.
I’ve grown english peas for several years now but have never had a great harvest from the plants I plant in the fall. The spring planted seeds always do better. But not this year. The blue podded peas are over 6′ tall this year. I’m so glad I chose blue podded otherwise I’d never find any peas in this tangle of greens.
Here’s a close up of the blue podded Blauwschokkers. I can never remember the name and how to pronounce it when people ask me about it. It’s a perfect pea. You can eat the entire pods early or wait for the english peas, which are green inside.
The favas are growing rapidly. I’ve never grown favas before but I don’t know why. Perhaps it’s the labor of shelling that turned me off even though I know it’s good for the soil. But now that I know you can eat the leaves and the flowers, even raw, I’m in love. The greens are wonderful, they taste like beans but are so much lighter. It’s my new favorite green.
I’m also growing buckwheat as a green mulch underneath the white peach until I figure out what I want to plant here. I’m thinking edible flowers every year as it’s right in the middle of the raised bed area.
The komatsuna and broccoli below are almost finished and next I’ll fill in beets and more carrots in this bed.
And as if we didn’t have enough carrots, those are growing so well this year and alongside some Tango Celery. I’ve planted Atomic Red, Danvers half long and Chantenay. I think I prefer the Chantenay and Atomic Red. After the turnip greens and daikon radish finished in this bed, I planted spinach, micro greens and arugula next to the carrots.
The bees are all over the place. I’ve never seen so many carpenter bees as I have this year. They are the early pollinators that we need for all of the fruit trees so I’m thankful they’re around. I found a few honeybees floating around this weekend and amazingly, some wasps, which we usually don’t see until August.
I have a ‘holding bed’ off to the side of my garden where all of the extra plants go. I had extra english pea seeds so shoved a bunch in here since I couldn’t bear to throw any extra seed away. These are Lincoln peas growing quickly in partial shade.
After a lot of work this weekend, now I can kick back and watch everything grow until April when the summer plants like tomatoes, eggplants and peppers slide into to replace the greens.