Snow Peas

This year’s garden must be trying to make up for last year’s bad garden. I’m not sure I can have asparagus or snow peas one more time! Tonight I’m fixing a pot of pinto beans and I’m looking so forward to those. I kept trying to figure out a way that snow peas would go with brisket but we’ve had snow peas every meal for . . well, it seems like for months but I know it hasn’t been.

Snow Peas

Snow Peas

Vince isn’t coming home for lunch today so I was looking forward to sitting in my chair and knitting, but then I noticed all those snow peas that desperately need picking so I think I’ll be picking, blanching and freezing snow peas most of the day.

Watercress

I love learning about new and unusual varieties of veggies and herbs I can grow in my garden. Last week, I had my mammogram visit and the lady doing the procedure was talking and we got to talking about gardens and it ended up that she has some seeds she’s going to trade me for some of my Georgia Candy Roaster seeds. Then a friend sent me a note on Facebook with a link about growing Watercress. I’ve heard of watercress but am not sure I’ve ever tasted it and have certainly never grown it but it sounds like something we should all be eating.

A quick search on the internet and my seed order has been placed. I ordered from Outside Pride (no affiliation – never ordered from the before so I’m not saying anything except that I ordered from them and their shipping was reasonable).

I kept thinking . . maybe Home Depot has seeds. That’s about my only option . . Walmart may have the seeds too but I knew I had a better chance of getting in and out of Home Depot with Vince than I would Walmart so off we went to Home Depot.

Cress

Cress

I found “Cress”, which seems to be very similar but a little different. I’ll go ahead and plant it while waiting for the watercress to arrive . . never hurts to see what happens.

Since I ordered 5,000 watercress seeds, I’m thinking I should have a few seeds to play with so I may trying growing a few of them in my seed sprouter and see what happens.

Sprouting Seeds

Sprouting Seeds

I went ahead and put some sprouting seeds in the sprouter while waiting for the watercress seeds. There’s also radish seeds, clover and mung bean seeds. We use the sprouts in salads and on sandwiches now that the lettuce in the garden is mostly gone.

I’ll keep you posted on the Cress and Watercress progress.

 

 

The Peach Trees

Pretty serious storms are predicted for our area this afternoon/evening, with the worst ones being on up into Oklahoma and Kansas but we have a good chance of getting large hail so I’m hoping, for the same of our fruit trees, garden, and solar panels, that we don’t get the hail they’re thinking may be coming our way. It’s always something – late frosts or freezes, bugs, hail, drought.

Last night we were watching some show and they were showing people moving to various islands and some on beaches in the U. S. Vince said “Let’s do it!” Several times lately, the subject of moving to the beach, living in a condo, and enjoying an easier way of living has come up but so far, we have ended the conversation with . . we really want a garden, fruit trees and chickens. Obviously, we don’t have a clue where we’ll end up. There’s no use having two places because (1) I promised myself when we left KY that I’d never again have two places to maintain and figure out what was where and (2) It would be hard to have a garden and fruit trees at either place if you weren’t there full time. I know having two places works quite nicely for some but I’m more of a “nester” and I love being “home” and with two places, I never felt like either was really home.

All that to say . . I hope we don’t get hail this evening!

Peach Trees

Peach Trees

Last week we put the cages around the peach trees. They are in the side yard and are not part of the fenced in orchard so as soon as the deer find out there’s sweet, juicy peaches, they’ll be right over here helping themselves. I’ not sure these fences will totally solve the deer problem (and definitely not the raccoon problem) but it’s what we did.

Peach Trees

Peach Trees

Not sure how many you can see but the trees are loaded with peaches.

Peaches

Peaches

I’m keeping my eye on that bit one way at the top. Looks like a bug has taken a nibble too but that won’t bother me. I’ll share just a little . . not much though. This tree is the first one to get ripe each year so it shouldn’t be long before these are ready . . so long as the hail doesn’t knock them all off the tree.