I haven't been blogging about the garden as much since fall has come, because, well, school is in session. But the garden is the best it has been for me. The spring/summer gardens were complete no-shows. I didn't get enough food to actually eat. Sigh.
But the fall garden is going fine, by my standards. We are getting enough green beans to eat from the garden about 2 time per week. By that I mean I get a "mess" of green beans. Do you know what a "mess" is? My grandmother called it a "mess of beans" if she could feed her family on the pickings. So I am getting 2 "messes" per week right now. Great stuff, those home grown green beans. Yum.
And this week I just started getting in some English peas. Now, to my mind, English peas from the garden are just like heaven. I almost ate all of them right there in the garden--raw. But my middle daughter said, "Now, mom, save some for us for suppertime." So I did. I stopped eating them out of the pod and waited to add the rest to my "mess of green beans." There were enough English peas for us to have about 4 or 5 each.
Oh my. I love them raw. They taste a little like nature candy to me. Crunchy. Slightly sweet. Oh so good. Canned peas do not even taste like the same species as those wonders from the garden.
Not much to show you, because I ate most of them.
I have 4 broccoli plants that are doing fair to middling. One of them looks like it will really produce a beautiful broccoli plant. The others--I am going to have to wait and see. But I have tasted the leaves and they are awesome, so I hope to get at least one fully grown plant.
This week, I decided to go ahead and plant some more seeds for the fall/winter garden. I planted 2 types of carrots--Scarlet Nantes and Denver Half Longs. Then I planted some spinach (I don't know what kind), and watermelon radishes.
I'll let you know if they grow for me.
My flowers have been over the top. I have even had strangers stop and tell me how much they like my zinnias. The zinnias got almost as tall as I am and butterflies are covering them daily now. And I have harvested so many seeds that I am going to have to start giving them to strangers.
Weather is cooler, but we were all still in shorts yesterday. It's in the 40's this morning, but I am sure we will warm up to the 70's during the day. This is our cold front in Mobile, Alabama.
Stay warm if you are in the path of that snow. Blessings to you all.