My Edible Garden

I've been gardening for most of my life and have been a devoted fan of organic gardening the whole time. It just makes so much more sense to work in harmony with Mother Nature than to fight her. Besides which it is better for the planet and better for our bodies. Here you can see what I'm planting and harvesting, with gardening hints and resources thrown in for good measure.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Busting Out All Over

Striped Sweet Peas
These striped sweet peas are the most fragrant of all; they are highly intoxicating! Much more so than the pink or red ones that started blooming first.

Baby Bonanza Peach

You've seen the baby plums, well we have baby peaches too, along with.....

baby artichoke

A baby artichoke! I'm soooo excited!

Hale's Best Jumbo Cantaloupe
Royal Burgundy Bush Beans

The cantaloupe and bush beans in the cold frame are doing well and growing like crazy.

But this bed of brassicas in the back garden are doing very poorly. I think the soil just isn't up to snuff yet and of course I let the henbit and chickweed over run them. This is also one of the beds that gets very little direct sun in Dec & Jan. A couple of plants in here look like they are trying to perk up and do something so I'll give them a little longer, otherwise it's off to the chickens with them!

I've been getting some vermicompost out of the worm box and feeding worms to the chickens, which of course they love. I've also been planting and transplanting seeds and seedlings all over the place, with many more to go.


  1. Wow!! You have been busy. Getting lots of produce too. What zone are you in? I love sweet peas but if I plant them I try to plant t where my dog doesn't usually go as she eats everythingand I read they are poisonous to dogs. Do you know if this is true? Nancy at Cozy Thyme Cottage

  2. Nancy, I know that sweet peas are not edible; but not sure if they are actually poisonous. I'm in zone 8, on the new map they show us as 8b but really my place is more like 8a.

  3. Hi Mary, Thanks for your input on the sweet peas. I think we are in Zone 5b. Who knows anymore with our crazy weather! Nancy at Cozy Thyme Cottage

  4. The peas look gorgeous. I have not tried yet royal burgundy bush bean. But I have been thinking of acquiring the seeds this year.

  5. I need to learn when to plant sweet peas in Dallas. I've always wanted some but have never managed to plant them early enough. (Only tried twice, both times without knowing what I was doing.)