|My first celery plant - ever.|
|Yep, potatoes are my thing.|
In that case, I am a whiz at potatoes. My two rows of yellow gold are thriving and I just sit back and take the credit. The rest of the garden, as in most years, falls into the "middle of the road" category. There are plants, they are growing. That is all.
|Lettuce - just like in the store!|
This is my first year trying celery and it looks pretty good so far. I got two seedlings from a friend and I stuck them in next to the tomatoes. My only question is when and how to harvest celery. It is something that will come back after harvest? How much do I take?
The lettuce looks delicious and I am going to harvest and serve it with a zesty italian dressing this weekend. It came up a little sparse (low germination again) so I replanted and I am seeing results. It still takes me off guard a little to see the living proof that the food in the produce section is not there by magic. I can actually grow food. The same food that is in the wondrous grocery store. This makes me realize just how much 'conditioning' I have been subject to in my 30+ years of living. "If you want food, you go to the grocery store and buy it. Period." Ten years of growing food and I am still taken aback by this realization.
I do have some plants that I know are one of three things. And since I have never grown these three things before, I am kind of clueless about which ones are what. Cauliflower, brussels sprouts and broccoli. Ok, I started some broccoli from seed and I know what that looks like but it is still small and these plants are much larger. Another gift from a friend who bought too much for her small garden space, I got two of each of the three mentioned above. I can always wait until they start showing signs of eatable branches, but I just don't like not knowing things. Any help?
|A tomato plant in the 'tween' stage.|
Last but not least, I have two pots of cilantro and corvair spinach sitting next to the end of a row of peas. Spinach, new to me this year also, looks just like those little green leaves that come all packaged in the clear plastic box at the store. "Baby spinach" actually grows in the ground - who knew.
|Spinich - just like in the store!|