Jul 10, 2020

Scenes from the past week

A week ago we made a lovely Salmon Alfredo Penne. Yes that green stuff is kale.


At the last minute we decided to grate some cheese on top and bake it for ten minutes. It was very yummy but ever so filling. Always nice to have leftovers.

Our zucchinis seem to have recovered somewhat and are spread out over this entire bed.  Today the carrots at the bottom are covered with those huge leaves. Not sure if it was the right thing to do or not but we cut some of the leaves off to give more air circulation.

This is the next bed and as you can see the peas to the left are growing well.  The Swiss chard ( bottom right ) came up very quickly. I delayed planting it as I had some planted in one of my flower pots here at home.  The kale in behind is growing like a weed, it really has enjoyed the cool wet weather.

These are the pea pods that we have started to eat.  Many more to come as long as it doesn’t get too hot too fast.  We do have sun in the forecast, finally but not very high temperatures.

The beans are making a big comeback and should start producing in a few weeks.  The ones that we have been enjoying came from our patio flower pot.

These are the only two healthy tomato plants that we have and they are just this week starting to flower.    Everyday I go and pollinate each new flower with the tip of my finger.  These two plants are small cherry tomatoes.  A few of the others are starting to pick up.  Even the two new $8.99 tomato plants are lagging. That bit of blue in the middle is Colin’s shirt, he was weeding.

A snapshot of some beautiful clematis on one of our daily walks.

This is a lovely hydrangea plant.

Such dainty flowers.

We were most surprised to see some goslings in this group. There have not been more than two sightings this spring.

So sweet.


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8 Responses to “Scenes from the past week”

  1. Glad your garden is doing what you hoped for.
    Your messages are so true.
    Be safe and Enjoy!

    It’s about time.

    • contessa says:

      The garden is about 80%. Usually we are eating tomatoes by now. But we are very happy with it, well worth the effort.

  2. Kathryn Tycho says:

    Your garden looks great!

    • contessa says:

      Gracias. Beginning to wonder if I should plant more and learn how to can if we are going to be stuck here all winter.

  3. Jim and Barb says:

    The garden looks fantastic! Lots of good meals to come.

  4. Dee Tillotson says:

    Contessa, your garden is glorious! Grocery store visits must be few when you have such a large variety of vegetables. If I remember correctly, you planted your tomatoes later than we did because you were afraid of frost. If you have a substantial amount of blooms on your tomatoes, mechanically touching the center of the blooms with your fingers might help push them along toward pollination. We have not had a lot of bumble bees this year which, as you know, is one of nature’s ways to cross pollination. However, once the tomatoes start coming, you can feed a whole street or local food banks with them.

    • contessa says:

      Yes we only shop once per week and sometimes less. What happened with our tomatoes is that we first got the flea beetle which almost wiped them out and then we had so much wet weather and no sun no heat that the plants never flowered. They are just now beginning to do so. I have always self pollinated my tomatoes blooms which is why I used to get a huge crop.

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