In the garden


(075:  Hiding in the asparagus bed.  Photo © 2009 by Robin)

In one’s garden a person may be one’s own artist without apology or explanation.  Here is one spot where each may experience the ‘romance of possibility.’

~ Louise Beebe Wilder

The garden has been coming along well.  The weeds have been thriving and flowering.  Some sort of squash has volunteered to come up on its own.  I suspect it’s the hubbard, but I’m not sure yet.

I’m almost finished weeding the aparagus bed.  Seems like I’ve been working on it forever and whenever I think I’m almost finished, I find that I’m not.  Most of the weeds in the above photo are no longer hiding in the asparagus bed.  Sitting under the asparagus ferns is one of my favorite places to be lately.  I have my own little secret garden in there, weeds and all.  As we established last year, my garden has pretty weeds with lots of flowers, making it a beautiful place to sit and ponder life, the universe, and everything.


(Looking through the asparagus ferns.   Photo © 2009 by Robin)

Yesterday I yanked out the lettuce and bok choy.  They had bolted.  (I wish I could draw cartoons.  The visual I’m getting from that last sentence is funny — lettuce and bok choy bolting/escaping from the garden because the gardener is doing a terrible job of keeping up with the weeds.)  The bok choy never really grew the way I thought it should.  I don’t know if it has something to do with the variety I planted or my laziness when it came to thinning it out.  I suspect it’s the latter.  I’m going to plant more lettuces and bok choy in the fall, along with some swiss chard.  I’m also going to try not to be so lazy.

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.



(Photo © 2009 by Robin)

You get two entries today because I thought you’d like to admire my bok choy.  I think it is very pretty.  And suspect it will be very tasty as well.  M and I will find out in a little while when I stir fry it with some other veggies and tofu.  I’m not sure about a sauce yet.  I’m leaning towards a Thai red curry, a simple sauce to make.

The garden is being overrun and overwhelmed by weeds.  All the rain and warmer temperatures have combined to speed up the growth of everything, but it seems like the weeds grow ten times faster than anything else.  I would like to get started on the weeding and would do so if it were not so wet and mushy out there.  Weeds are easier to pull when the ground is wet, but this is too wet.  Big clumps of the ground come out with the weeds and the veggies are disturbed by the movement.  I’m afraid I’ll kill them off with all the trauma.

More rain is expected on Friday and Saturday.  After yesterday’s deluge, we really don’t need more rain right away.  The pedal boat was almost filled with water by the time the rains finished last night.  That’s a goodly amount of water.  As I was driving around doing some errands this morning, I noticed the creeks are way up and there are yards with rain-ponds (ponds formed by heavy rain).  Our pond has overflowed its banks (and emergency spillway) as has the creek at the back of the property.

With more rain coming, the weeding will have to wait until Monday or Tuesday.  By that time the weeds may have taken over the Bogs and be working their way towards taking over the world.