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Sunday, July 22, 2012

Cascade Edibles

Greetings from Cascade Bluff, where the growing season is wildly out of control! Like the rest of the country, we have had higher than normal temps (though cooler than elsewhere) and intermittent large boluses of rain... like this day in June when we got 3.5 inches in 24 hrs...

Our vegetable garden expanded this year compared to last. We now have two raised beds built of downed, peeled white cedar logs (thank you to the Wheeler Sisters for help with bed #2!) and filled with the only real dirt in Cook County, MN, from a nearby dairy farm...

Every garden needs a gate... This one replaces a make-shift "gate" from last year that basically bit you in the butt if you weren't careful...

The growing season got off to a good start with the warmer than average spring...

Our onions shot up quickly...
 

 We tried a few new veggies this year... peas... kale... broccoli... cabbage... cauliflower...
 Radishes are usually easy... but something (cutworms?) was eating the leaves...
 Didn't seem to matter much, 'cause we still got bunches of radishes, much to Val's disappointment (not her favorite vegetable...)


 We had The Great Pea Experiment of 2012... Adventures in Trellis Building...
This trellis is made of some downed branches and some left over building material... 

...and twist-ties..
 Certainly looks functional, doesn't it? 
 This one was more conventional, though still built of scrap...

 ...The peas seemed to find it useful...
 ...at least at first...
 ...but I learned something very important about pea trellises this year... Peas lean south, toward the sun... duh... I put the trellis on the north side of the peas, and we had many a long conversation with our pea plants, pleading with them (and tying them with twine) to convince them to grab on to the trellis behind them... Eventually it all worked out...
 Not satisfied with two raised beds, we added some patio pots this year...

...tomatoes and herbs...
 
...and the year's first tomato...

Mid July... everything's coming up veggies...
.Even confused peas are tasty!
Three kinds of kale...
First big harvest: kale and peas...
Mmmm.... these were gone in about a nanosecond...
...and all this kale cooked up into one big dish...
Still have some things to look forward to... Green beans...
...onions...
Close up of the bean blossoms...
Hoping that the winter squash does a little better this year... 
Already got a little itty bitty head of cauliflower...
...and lots more lettuce, kale, cabbage, garlic... whatever the hares don't eat!

All is not just healthy veggies up here at Cascade. We're also trying out some fruit this year...
Our very first blueberries... they didn't last long...
 ...and our northern Cherry tree, with real live actual cherries that popped up in June...
...and ripened in July! 
 ...just enough for a handful this year.... My, they are sweet and tart! 


Here's a berry no one in the north has to cultivate... rather, you have to get out the machete and try to beat them back... WILD RASPBERRIES!! We've got tons... and trying to pick them makes it painfully clear why fresh raspberries are so expensive! 

And then there's the edible critters...


...that our little hunter loves to catch and munch!  Eeeww, Rosie, that's disgusting! 
Rosie can't wait to get back outside on her leash... will post some more pix later, when our little Princess lets me come back inside!

1 comment:

  1. Beautiful plants!!! Gardening is so satisfying. Keep the pictures coming!

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