Wife, crafter, writer, gardener. Heaven is a light-filled room in a dusty old farmhouse, with a sewing machine, a notebook, or a frying pan by my side. This is where I share stories of my adventures: projects, small trips, sewn gifts, and home improvement.
Raspberry progress! Some of 'em even have flowers.
Well, it's been two weeks since the last one, so I guess it's time for another veggie garden update!
The scene two weeks ago:
Pretty amazing, isn't it? Like, two weeks ago you could see dirt--lots of dirt-- and now you can't. At all. It's gone. The deer who came for two consecutive nights and "topped off" my green beans and peas have been kept at bay, so far, by a combination of aluminum pie plates (pictured) and some 100% organic deer repellent spray, which smells pleasantly like rosemary. The green beans have completely recovered; you can't even tell they got eaten they grow so fast.
I've been picking peas and eating peas. I made our old standard sesame baked tofu with snap peas over the weekend, and a pretty slammin' pea-and-radish salad with feta and mint the other night. I don't know why I love pea season so much-- certainly, there are other veggies I like more. Maybe it's because they're the first veggie each year to go from seed to sprout to bud to flower to fruit? Whatever the reason, each year my reverence is renewed.
We've also been eating salad, salad, salad; garlic braised greens; spinach frittata; and the occasional mint leaf straight off the plant. All the while, watching the broccoli crowning, the zucchini buds swelling, the little green tomato-marbles appearing amongst the leaves. It's thrilling, and unlike last year, this year I can dream of making everything a little bit bigger next year. Oooh baby. I dream of potatoes and sweet corn rows, and enough beans to dry some for winter. We're only just beginning...