June 9, 2009

Truck Garden in the Country

Our little garden in the country at the farm is referred to as a truck garden by the local farmers.  I think that this means a small garden.  The weeds have not taken over the garden yet, we are keeping pace with them so far....however we are one week away from loosing the battle.  If we do not weed the garden once every two weeks then all bets are off and the weeds will take dominion over the garden.

We have planted green beans, tomatoes, cucumbers, sweet potatoes, onions, carrots, radish, beets, red onion, and three varieties of potatoes.  

Last year we lost the battle with the weeds which reduced the amount of produce we were able to harvest.  We were happy to pick what veggies that managed to survive in spite of their weedy neighbors.
The beets are doing well with bright red stems and leafy greens, not quite large enough for pulling out of the ground just yet.
Lovely carrots that are so sweet and delicious.  Caleb and Tasha loved them over the weekend.  It is one of my happiest moments when the little ones come over pick veggies out of the garden, and then happily eat them after they have been washed and peeled.
Tiny green bean blossoms and the beginnings of beans on the vines.  Tiny little green beans not a half of an inch long will soon grow to 5 inches in length in a little over a week.
Royal Burgundy green beans that have purple stems and dark green foliage.  The blossoms are deep pink compared to the lighter pink of the bush green beans.  The Royal Burgundy beans will be a dark purple in color but will turn green when cooked.
Sweet potato vines with perfectly heart shaped leaves will be ready for harvest in late Summer or early Fall.

At the beginning of every garden season we are filled with hope and delight of planting the seeds, watching them sprout and grow.  Every visit to the garden is so rewarding.  As the growing season progresses and the Summer heat and wind takes it toll the plants loose their lush green leaves due to pests, wind damage and the hot blazing sun.  However, the produce is usually at it's peak during this time.

This reminds me of my life as well, I may not be as young as I once was - but, I am definitely becoming more productive as I get older through the years.  

2 comments:

Lee W - The Way I See It said...

Oh SO jealous!! Your garden looks amazing. When we were kids, my parents had a HUGE garden, and of course, us to do the weeding. It was fun, though. Too many deer around here to make gardening "easy", and with the hosue on the market, I just didn't feel up to it. Maybe next year.

Phillipa said...

Hi Julie, your garden looks lovely, and so green, I am so sorry about your families fire, must have been so devestating for them. I also love the blackbird book you had. you are so talented. Phillipa.