There is quite a bit of excitement coming out of our garden these days!
We finally have our first couple of crookneck squash coming in and our first pumpkin bud as well! We have been eagerly awaiting these little gems for awhile now so this was quite a big morning in the garden for us.
So I have to share with all of my readers out there just how much I want to be able to pick beans for hours at a time and eat them every night, enjoying all of our work. The green beans are one of the crops that I’m most excited about and proud of this year – so much so that I’m actually working on a plan to grow green beans inside over the winter… has anyone done this before?
My plan is to go and get a few packets of bush bean varieties of green beans to germinate inside, then transplant into a trough planter outside where they will remain and continue to grow until the danger of frost sets in; at which time I will bring the trough inside and set it in our bay window that gets the most sun consistently everyday to hopefully grow a bunch of green beans into the winter months. The bay window is also situated directly over a radiator, which means they will stay nice and toasty – so I’m hoping that the combination of these things will allow us to grow green beans inside!! I can’t wait to set my plan in motion and see if it works out. If not, the plants will at least be ornamentally attractive – provided that they survive of course! Maybe I will even work on growing herbs in the same area, but I will probably start with starter plants for that project.
Remember our little corn field?? We now have little tiny corn coming in on our stalks!! The stalks aren’t very tall, at least not in the way that I expect corn to grow, but there are actually corn coming in which is more than I thought we would be able to accomplish – so thumbs up for us!
So here is the deal on our potato box…. we are fifty percent certain that it’s not getting over-watered (not our fault, lots of thunderstorm rain storms lately), but the stalks are turning brown and dying while some are growing larger, taller and maintaining some flowers. Basically, we aren’t sure if it has really grown any extra potatoes or not… I guess we will just have to wait and see! We have been torn on whether or not to open the bottom layer of the box to see or to just wait it out until the fall and see what cumulatively comes out of it.
I have also had a chance to really weed out of chard and carrot bed, so we got a lovely picture of it all coming in – I can’t wait to cook with all of it! We have made a great pork roast using some of our baby rainbow chard and it was super super delicious! Watch for the post on that in the next couple of days. The super warm rays of the sun coupled with just the right amount of rain lately has caused our beans to explode (although you couldn’t tell that from our daily garden hauls…) and our tomatoes to really turn red quickly. We have really been enjoying wandering out into our garden every morning after breakfast to see what else has bloomed overnight…
What can I say?? Our garden is an incredibly fulfilling and magical place, that is truly a place full of excitement and smiles for each and every member of our family! We LOVE it out there!