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.

Friday, April 28, 2017

Farmer Friday; Abundance Everywhere!

Ladybug larvae

ladybug larvae

I was very happy to see this ladybug larvae in the hoop house. They eat tons of aphids. This is why I am never in a hurry to 'weed' as often the weeds are full of these. If you pull them up and throw them away you lose a lot of these natural predators. And sad to say, for whatever reasons I have not seen as many ladybugs this spring as I have in the past. It might be the weather, I'm not sure. But so glad to see them now.

Mexican Evening Primrose
I love these little wild primroses. These popped up from some wildflower mixes I tossed out last fall.

Chocolate flowers, they really smell like chocolate!

Red Flax and Bachelor Buttons

Some more wild flowers are blooming.
Summer squash plants of all kinds

Gold Rush Zucchini

The squash plants are doing well. It looks like the Gold Rush Zucchini will be coming in first!

Summer Bibb Lettuce, bigger than a dinner plate!
Summer Bibb, red and green and delicious!

Burpee's Gourmet Mix
So far the lettuce is going gung ho. I don't know how much longer  it will last with the heat, so eating as much as I can while it lasts.

Best onions ever!
I did a small experimental planting of onions last fall and some of them are whoppers. I'll be planting a lot more this fall! I planted Granex and Barbosa, both of them did well.

Besides lettuce and onions there was a little bit of spinach, another 5 pounds of snap peas, curly and flat parsley. If I have time this evening I'll pick some bouquets too.

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