Wednesday, June 20, 2012

A Transplanting Morning

Newly transplanted peppers in the jungle of peas and kale.
We woke to a light rain, but decided not to let that hinder our plans to transplant out the pepper plants.  They are getting too tall for the mini-greenhouse shelves and at least one was starting to fruit so, yeah, it was definitely time rain or no rain.  The cooler temperature and rain should actually be beneficial for the poor transplants who, despite ginger handling, almost always look bedraggled and sad afterward.
Raindrops pooled on broccoli leaves.
We also planted out four eggplants which we'd started.  We've never grown eggplant before.  Until last year's farmer's market I don't think we even knew we liked eggplant.  We're both hoping the plants are successful and productive.  Oh, eggplant is so tasty.

Don't you find the curlycues of the pea tendrils just amazing?
 
So, we're down to just two flats of seedlings left to transplant.  We started with more than six flats (way back in March when Matt started seeds).  When the peas are done we'll be able to transplant some more in those beds and we've given away a number of tomatoes seedlings that we had extras of.
 
Matt is awestruck by the size of the spinach leaves.  Most photos taken our my idea, but this particular shot was all his.
To make room for the peppers we harvested the last of the spinach which had started to bolt anyways on account of the warm temperatures.  We added another four pounds of spinach to our harvest total for this year.  Matt blanched most of it and froze it for later use.  We've basically got more greens than we can eat at this point, but now we'll have some to look forward to later...like in the dead of winter when garden fresh spinach is just a memory.  I am not complaining.
Matt hugging his greens.   While we were working in the garden he turned to me and said "I love our garden.  I mean, I know you already know that.  But, still."

11 comments:

  1. What a sweet post! I love the last picture with Matt hugging his greens! LOL! You have a wonderful husband!

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    1. Oh, he IS wonderful and I sure treasure him! Thanks!

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  2. Amazing! I have never seen Matt in any shirt that was not tie-dyed! That is huge spinach.

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    1. Ha! That is funny! He does own a few non-dyed shirts. : ) This one he got a rock concert.

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  3. I love eggplant. Here's a link to my favorite eggplant recipe. I have eaten it every week this year, since my eggplants started coming in, and that makes me happy. :)

    http://craftycristy.blogspot.com/2011/08/eggplant-ravioli.html

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  4. THat is such a clever little greenhouse thing!

    We had way too much lettuce this year. I want spinach next time so I can freeze the abundance like you did.

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    1. We picked it up at the hardware store. It has been very, very handy. It works well except does get a bit too toasty as it could use more ventilation holes. We just leave the door open though and that works.

      I love having a freezer filling with homegrown goodness. It is so satisfying and I know it will be even more so come winter time.

      I've never grown lettuce, but I've heard it is quite prolific. I guess I'd never stopped to consider that it would be hard/impossible to preserve the way you can so many other garden gifts.

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  5. I need scales! What brand are those?

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    1. I'm sorry for the delay.... It is a Progressive 11 lb Kitchen Scale

      http://www.amazon.com/Progressive-KT-2014W-11lb-Kitchen-Scale/dp/B0002PUPT4/ref=sr_1_6?s=home-garden&ie=UTF8&qid=1342190674&sr=1-6&keywords=Progressive+scale

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  6. Beth, the blogger I recommended was Montanagirl. You will love her photos.
    Your garden pictures are fantastic. We had hail two nights ago and I will post pictures. My garden really got hammered. The carrots should be okay and I have purchased lots of green bean seeds to replant. I trimmed back the tomatoes and they are iffy. David told me to wait till it dries out a bit before I replant or I will compact the soil by walking on it.

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    1. Oh, no! I've always feared a hailstorm smashing up the garden! When I worked for USDA one of our research fields was completely 100% lost. One week we went and collected samples, the next week it looked like a wheat war zone.

      We were out camping (near Missoula) and got hailed on Saturday.

      Thanks for reminding me of the blog. I will go add it to my list right now so I don't have a chance to forget!

      I hope the tomatoes recover and that your garden can heal up and be productive after such abuse!

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