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Thursday, July 21, 2011

In the Garden... the last of the peas.


We have a ton of peas in the garden and they are starting to look a little tired. 

 { Snap Peas / Sugar Daddy from West Coast Seeds }
~ sown outdoors feb 15 ~

 { Elsie likes me to split the pods open 
so that she can eat each little pea }

 We took our big green bowl outside and harvested what was left on the shoots, which was alot,
considering just 10 days earlier I had filled this bowl...


...then we pulled out all of the plants. I've really tried to stay on top of the vegetable garden this year. I love how each vegetable has a time of year it grows best in and the beds are constantly changing. Lettuce, radishes, carrots, and beets are constantly being sown for a continuous crop throughout the season. I really enjoy these cycles and I'm trying to use the space as efficiently as I can. I have a notebook which I use diligently, although I have to admit there are a few gaps in my note taking. I've learned so much this year and there are so many things I plan to do differently (better) next year. 

Do any of you who tend vegetable gardens have rituals you swear by? A spreadsheet? A notebook? A calendar? How do you stay organized? I'd love to know.

6 comments:

  1. I have a vegetable garden. This is my 4th year with a garden. Tis year I had to improvise because my cleaning lady threw out all 75 plants I had started in the house with my son. ( she has since been fired) I am still Lear ing what grows best in my area, etc.

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  2. Great photos! Little one is darling.
    xo

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  3. one day i'll have a garden again. :) so nice that you can use your space for a garden! i bet it smells good in there :) i grew up on a hobby farm, and one of my chores was plenty of weeding. our family started out with a HUGE garden. like crazy huge... we toned it down, but you learn with each passing year :)

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  4. I'm curious to read all the suggestions your readers have to offer. I attempted to have a garden last summer (or was it two summers ago...hmm...) and I failed horribly because I tried to make it bigger than I should have.

    That is quite the impressive pea haul!

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  5. I can't believe those peas! Wow, that's a huge haul. Awesome.

    This is our third garden this year. We learn each year a bit more about what grows well in our garden and what doesn't. We've figured out how to get lots of fruit from the apple and pear trees, but I can't sort out why our strawberries never work. It's fun to see what will grow. This year our peas (surprise surprise) and zucchini are doing really well in the cooler weather.

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  6. I was just kinda blogging about it, especially when I first started gardening. It was a good way to keep track of what worked/didn't work, but I do that less and less these days. I should really keep a gardening journal, I think.

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