Gardening Bits

If garden weeds make you squeamish, stop here.  My one woman campaign against 6000 square feet of them hasn’t gone well, but we have harvested enough vegetables to make a significant difference in the grocery bill.

My haphazard techniques have come back to haunt me in a variety of ways, but I’ve gotten enough experience over the last five years to know where I want to go next and generally how to get there.  I’ll leave those plans for another post. For now, you may view high summer in my garden.

We ran a long narrow garden next to the front fence.  Since we carved it out of pasture and the pasture grasses surround it, I'm not sure we'll ever make much progress against the weeds.

We ran a long narrow garden next to the front fence. Since we carved it out of pasture and the pasture grasses surround it, I’m not sure we’ll ever make much progress against the weeds.

Three varieties of bush beans and a climbing bean sit between the corn and nasturtiums.

Three varieties of bush beans and a climbing bean sit between the corn and nasturtiums.

I am loaded down with beans. A thistle patch on the other side of the fence coats most of them with white fuzz, but these are beautiful.

      I am loaded down with beans. A thistle patch on the other side of the fence coats most of them with white fuzz, but these are beautiful.

Nasturtiums are not only lovely, they are edible and make good companions for green beans.

Nasturtiums are lovely as well as edible, and they make good companions for green beans.

Spaghetti squash is coming along nicely.

The spaghetti squash is coming along nicely.

My kitchen after a morning harvest

My kitchen after a morning harvest.

I am eager to turn this beauty into kraut.

     I am eager to turn this beauty into kraut.

I pulled the garlic this week.

     I pulled the garlic this week.

....and hung it in the barn to dry.

….and hung it in the barn to dry.

One end of the 6'x800' strip garden.

One end of the 6’x800′ strip garden.

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