Garden photos (2)

Continuing with photos of today’s garden.

When we were at the Burkholders to help pick blueberries, Daniel was walking me around their very large garden and stopped to show me something I’d never seen before: ground cherries. They are related to tomatillos, and the fruit on the plant has a wrapper very much like a tomatillo wrapper, but inside is a sweet berry, with a taste something like pineapple. What was pleasant about this was that Debbie and Maggie had discovered ground cherries in some book, and were intrigued enough to want to try growing them. I mentioned this to Daniel, and he offered me some seedlings that they weren’t planning to use. So here they are.

The lettuce is done, but I think we left this one to see if we can collect some seed.

The romaine is definitely done! We might have left this one just for the sake of weirdness, but in fact we want to collect seed from it as well.

The kale did so well, it’s a shame we never figured out a way to eat it that we liked; they have a very strong flavor we just aren’t accustomed to. We may try again in the future, but this evening the kids had the pleasure of ripping these kale plants out. The collards will stay for now, since we haven’t gotten around to trying them yet.

The cabbage is partly done. We’ve picked five heads so far.

Most of the ones we picked were at least as nice as these.

Debbie and the kids did a great job of cleaning up this area, where the peas were. We’ll be planting another round of beans here.

The first planting of sweet corn is doing well. The second planting is in, but hasn’t made an appearance yet.

You don’t have to look too closely to see that the sweet corn could use some weeding.

This is the three sisters garden plot, with field corn, beans, and squash. It is doing well, but weeding is a headache.

The plot consists of sixty-three circles, with seven corn plants in each circle (a hexagon, with a seventh plant in the center). You can see here how weedy it is compared to the rest of the garden. Because the plants are not in rows, the wheel hoe is no help. And the hand hoe I use is just large enough that I need to be very careful while weeding so as not to take out corn or beans, making the job tedious.

Here you can see the squash we’ve planted between the corn plant circles.

Each circle is supposed to have four bean plants, but I don’t think our seeds germinated very well. I haven’t done a thorough count, but I’m guessing we average about two bean plants per circle.

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