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Thursday, June 25, 2009

Radishes, Lettuce and Potatoes ... Oh My

Jessica Walliser
Hobby Farms Contributing Editor

The garden is producing great vegetables like these peas
Jessica picks fresh peas—one of her
favorite veggies—from this pea plant.

This has been a great year for the garden already. 
Plenty of rain and so far the weeds have been manageable.  Let’s hope that continues through July and August! 

The lettuce harvest will come to an end in another week or two and the shell peas are really starting to fatten up. 

I think that if I had to pick one favorite veggie from the garden I would choose peas.  There is no way to compare a fresh picked pea (either shell, snow or snap) with those from the grocer’s freezer or even at the farmer’s market. 

At least with tomatoes there is some sort of shelf life, even with the heirlooms, but it seems to me that peas loose their sweetness even just a day after picking.  I’ll always grow them in the garden.

I yanked the radish out a few days ago and planted more cucumbers in their place.

A few nights ago a raccoon found its way into the garden (not sure what it was after) and knocked over all the potato plants.  They’re lying on the ground, but my guess is that it’s no matter, they’ll grow anyway—they always do! 

I’ll dig up some young ‘new’ potatoes in two weeks.  It’s always fun to snitch them from around the edges of the potato patch.  They’re soooo sweet roasted on the grill or in the oven. 

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Man i wish we had the rain to make our garden grow like i want it too. I have thought about planting pea's but was not sure. Knowin they are one of her favorites I may just go a head and try them... We will pray for the best, with our garden and everyone else....
Cantessa, Odessa, TX
Posted: 7/15/2009 2:19:42 PM
Today we had our first salad of lettuce from my community garden plot! We had plenty of rain, now we need some sunshine and hot weather! (Good for the zucchini & tomatoes, not for the gardeners!) I'm fighting striped cucumber beetles--they are destroying the plants as soon as they sprout. I'll have to start some seeds inside & transplant them. And my bok choy has flea beetles. My neighbor is growing potato plants--how do you know when the potatoes are ready?
D'Mae, Jersey City, NJ
Posted: 6/29/2009 6:59:42 PM
Our peas didn't make hardly anything. We might put more in towards the middle of summer to have in the fall. Our eggplants got attacked by flea beetles too Jess, and I caught them early with hort oil but it had no effect. Why?

(I liked following your other blog, you seemed "closer," but I understand why you'd not want to worry with two of them.)
TC, Mercer, PA
Posted: 6/29/2009 7:02:06 AM
sounds like you enjoying the heights of the garden!
myra, pittsburgh, PA
Posted: 6/28/2009 9:06:28 AM
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