It’s worse than I thought…

(Weeds run amok.  Or, where are the vegetables in this garden?  Photo © 2009 by Robin)

This part isn’t quite so bad:

(Lettuces and bok choy.  Photo © 2009 by Robin)

Bok choy, for those inquiring minds that want to know, is also known as the “white cabbage.”  The stalk resembles stringless celery and the top is similar to romaine lettuce in appearance.   I was reading somewhere that in Hong Kong markets there are over 20 varieties of bok choy available.  I’m not sure which variety I’m growing (I’ll have to find the seed packet), but it’s very tender and tasty.

I spent a couple of hours in the garden, cleaning up the asparagus bed (barely visible in the first shot as the ferny fronds are blending in nicely with all the weed-greenery).  I wish I’d brought the camera along on the second trip out there (after lunch) so I could show you the progress I’ve made.  It’s going to take several days to get this mess cleaned up.  Anyone want to volunteer to come over and help??

I also picked enough of the lettuces and thinned out enough of the bok choy to feed a small army.  M and I had salad for lunch.  We’ll be having salad with dinner, along with some steamed bok choy.  There’s nothing like eating vegetables you’ve earned by growing them for yourself.


5 Comments on “It’s worse than I thought…”

  1. Brian says:

    You must have snuck into my garden. 🙂

    Btw, I like snuck instead of sneaked.

  2. Anna Surface says:

    Woo-wee, what a garden patch! I had had a grass problem in my garden because of the hay. I had spread hay all around and under the plants after weeding thinking this would help keep moisture in and weeds out. Well, beautiful grass grew like mad. So, I chucked the grass and hay out. Weeding… a constant. LOL My lettuce is about to become fried with the high heat and humidity. I haven’t tried bok choy. I do so enjoy eating veggies right out of the garden, too. 🙂

  3. kel says:

    i’d do a trade with you
    my help with the weeding
    for your knowledge on how i can start my own veggie patch

    we have a big rabbit problem (needing deep fencing)
    and a wallaby issue (needing high fencing)

    how do you keep the critters out of your veggies?

  4. krebiz says:

    I’ll help you with the weeding. No prob.

    I feel like I’ve earned my veggies when I walk to the farmers market and get them. Are you saying you’ve better earned your produce??

  5. Robin says:

    Biz: Yes, that’s what I’m saying. Come pull weeds with me. You’ll see. 🙂

    Anna: More like “what a weed patch!” LOL! The weeds thrived in the rain and heat while I had too much going on to tend to them. It’s really too bad we can’t eat the weeds. (It’s possible we can eat some of them, but I’m not great at identifying edible plants unless I’ve planted them myself so it’s best not to take chances.)

    Brian: I prefer snuck too. 🙂

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