Every time you feel in God's creatures something pleasing and attractive, do not let your attention be arrested by them alone, but, passing them by, transfer your thought to God and say: "O my God, if Thy creations are so full of beauty, delight and joy, how infinitely more full of beauty, delight and joy art Thou Thyself, Creator of all!
- Nicodemus of the Holy Mountain

You can’t get to joy by making everything perfect. You can only get there by seeing in every imperfection all that’s joy.
-Ann Voscamp

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Garden Update II

cucumbers are on the way

yellow crookneck summer squash

snow peas need picking daily

cabbage heads are getting quite large

Deer tongue lettuce, my new favorite. It's growing so well, lasts a long time in the garden, and tastes great. I'm definitely going to do a lot of succession planting of this next year.

Other goings on that I don't have pics of:
-We're eating some broccoli, but it's not growing very successfully. This is my first time growing it, so I don't really know what to expect. I don't know if it's because it's been a warm summer, or the type of broccoli I planted, but it doesn't grow very big before it's beginning to flower out and I have to cut it now or never. This means we aren't getting as much as I'd hoped for.
- I've got Swiss chard coming out my ears. I'm freezing it, stir frying it, egg baking it, and still it continues to flourish beyond what I need. I'm blessed to have it, but I'm going to have to get really creative! :)
- The green beans are almost ready to begin picking.
- Lots of pesto made, and the basil is still going strong. I'm hoping to have some when the tomatoes are ready for making caprese salad. I almost can't wait! Oh, yummy!
- Cilantro is barely hanging in there, but I keep cutting back. I don't think it's going to make it until the tomatoes are ready, but I wish I could have it timed it right. I'd wanted it for salsa, but I might have to buy some instead.

Also growing are:
-red cabbage
-red curry squash
-green pepper
-tom thumb lettuce

That's all I can think of right now.

The nest post should be a livestock update. Goat pics on the way!


  1. I've had great success with broccoli every year---UNTIL this year. If your temps are pretty warm (mine were this year), that might explain it. I was really disappointed in my harvest this year.
    I'm glad you wrote about the deer tongue lettuce-I've been wanting to try it, but hadn't read ANYTHING about it.

  2. Just love these garden posts, Patty!

    Broccoli does much, much better in cooler weather than we've had this year. So I'm sure that's why you're having a little trouble with it.

    Deer Tongue is an old heirloom variety of lettuce that always finds its way into my salad greens selection! Did you know it comes in both green and red?

    We love Swiss Chard, too. The goats and poultry will gobble up any extra you have to share with them.

    My cilantro has been weird this year. Must be too hot, eh? It flowered before it was even a couple of inches tall. It's not even full and bushy flowering though as it should be. Just very spindly and sparse.

    Eager for your livestock update!

  3. I so much enjoy the feedback on my garden posts. I don't get a chance to see many other northern gardens over the summer, so it's nice to hear what others have to say. I'm glad for your opinions on the broccoli, and will definitely try again next year. If I can manage to start it indoors early and keep it alive (which so far I've have not managed, but I've been reading up this summer, so perhaps...), maybe I can get a good crop before it gets hot.
    Mama Pea- I agree, the cilantro is weird. I've been guessing it's the heat. I think maybe I'll just let it seed out, and save that.

  4. Patty, your garden looks fantastic! I don't know what you were nervous about, looks like you have it all going on! I like the Deer Tongue too, I can't wait until it gets cooler so I can plant salad stuff again. I hear you on the timing of the cilantro & tomatoes, I can never get the two to meet LOL... when they change to coriander seeds, they will still taste like cilantro at the green stage, so I often will gather a bunch of green coriander/cilantro seeds, tie them in cheesecloth and cook them down in my salsa - you won't have the green leaves of the herb in the finished product, but the cilantro flavor will be there.

  5. Patty, enjoy your blog and your garden looks fantastic. I always have way too much chard, but I love the look of the rainbow chard in my garden. Adds a touch of color among all the green. Enjoy!