Wednesday, April 25, 2012

What’s in the Garden?

Veggie gardens are already planted at The Frog & PenguINN. We’ve already had some fresh veggies too.

If you’re wondering what’s ready to harvest now – it’s the asparagus that Grenville planted 3 years ago. The output isn’t large, but it’s been enough for us when sautéed and used in omelets or added to pasta that also includes basil pesto that was made from last year’s crop and frozen.

asparagus collageVery soon we’ll have plenty of fresh strawberries for use in breakfast smoothies. Grenville’s already thinking about that strawberry pie recipe he saw in Cook’s Illustrated. Last year we froze a lot of the strawberry crop – this year we’re eating them FRESH.

strawberry collageThe frozen ones looked great after being frozen in single layers on baking sheets and then put in containers. But, after being defrosted this year, they were as mushy as the grocery store ones; still good, but not as good as fresh-picked. We’re going to enjoy this year’s harvest THIS year.

veggie garden0513This is an overview of last year’s veggie garden after prepping. It was quite large. Now, here’s this year’s downsized version that’s in the footprint of the greenhouse that was sold in Feb. Grenville planted a couple of tomato plants, several peppers, and cukes. Beans were planted from seed.

garden overviewForgot to post these earlier, but the orchard is doing well and the apple and pear trees were in full bloom a few weeks ago. The pear tree had never produced well, but the apple tree harvest should make for some delicious apple pies . . . Grenville is hoping.

apple bloomspear bloomsIf you’ve planted, WHAT’S growing in your gardens ?


Elaine said...

Love the apple and pear blossoms! Not much growing in the garden yet, but the snow is mostly gone. I did see some green shoots on my wild iris.

Don't unplug your hub. said...

I like asparagus, with butter. My apple tree is just about to burst into bloom!

Daisy said...

The only thing I have growing right now are daisies! haha! Seriously, I have them in the flower bed out back, and they are covered with buds. I enjoyed seeing all that you have growing there. I hope it all does well for you.

Sandra said...

love those blooms, so beautiful. i have never seen asparagus grow, daddy grew all our food but not that. wonder why. the only food we have growing is bob's little tomato plants. we don't have a place for a garden.

Anonymous said...

Your photos are so pretty today! Everything looks so good to me. We decided not to plant veggies this year. We have blooms on the mock oranges and the rose bushes. Hope you have a great day.

Anvilcloud said...

It looks berry nice.

Lois Evensen said...

Looks wonderful. If we were home more, it would be so much easier to keep our garden looking nice and producing good stuff. I'm happy to see flowers return from year to year now. If (ha!) we ever retire, perhaps we'll be able to be here to garden properly again.


Anonymous said...

Nothing much grows in my garden yet even though I did see the rhubarbs showing a little today.

Yes berries are always best fresh and if You'll find a new place it's just a big problem with the freezer filled with berries :-)

Have a great day!

Montanagirl said...

Love your photos! I have a few tulips poking through, but that's about it.

Doris said...

The very thought of fresh strawberries makes my mouth water! Strawberry pie, you say? mmmmm

We haven't planted anything yet....should at least plant some tomatoes!

Beatrice P. Boyd said...

Elaine, the apple and pear blossoms were short lived; hopefully we will get a good crop for eating and desserts!

Hi John, we like asparagus with butter, olive oil and even plain.

Thanks Daisy, glad that everything is coming up daisies in your yard!

Sandra, asparagus is a veggie you need to wait for at least the third year to cut, so we have bought a fair amount at the grocery store.

Mildred, we have enjoyed our veggie gardens in the past but they were way too much work and now this little one will suit us just fine.

Thanks, AC.

Lois, WHAT when you and Kjell retire! Bet that won't be for awhile cause we would surely miss all those cruises.

Doris, I saw quite a few more berries ripening today so strawberry pie will definitely be on the menu here this season (I hope).

L. D. Burgus said...

Rhubarb is doing well in my garden but I can't plant for another week or so.

Cicero Sings said...

Saw two tiny spears of asparagus up in my garden and my garlic has just poked itself out of the ground. Nothing else is planted yet. We really can't plant much before the May long weekend.

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