July 30, 2012

Summer Garden

broccoli late poppies flower torture dill head helping cabbage in mid july cabbage in late july thinning carrots on a mission

This summer has been a lucky one for our little garden. At the risk of tooting our own cornucopia, we've been enjoying tons of greens, chard and kale, radishes, peas, onions, cucumbers, squash, broccoli, carrots, cabbage... and we are just now starting to have ripe tomatoes, giant sunflowers, and the beginnings of brussel sprouts and winter squash. After last year's modest show this is pretty exciting stuff! The one failure was our beets which I once again attempted to interplant with broccoli. I guess I don't space the broccoli rows far enough but they became too large and swallowed up the marble sized mini-beets. 

Little Smith loves the garden plot and we try to go early or late in the day so he isn't roasting in the sun. We planted tall sunflowers around his little sandbox (which is actually a wood-chip box because we were worried about animals with the sand) and they are finally providing a bit of shade. I imagined that he would happily sit digging in his little box but instead he rules the whole plot... marching around and pulling peas or carrots to eat like a giant open buffet. He definitely has eaten his pound of dirt this year!

I feel like I'm pressing my luck asking for more with all these garden riches, but the one thing that will make be super duper happy is some winter squash. Each year we look like we're going to get a great batch and then we get some kind of dry white fungus that sweeps everything away before it can really produce. We already have some pretty good sized butternut squash so I'm crossing everything I can that this is our year. Come on squash, you can do it!


  1. I am so jealous, your garden is gorgeous!

  2. Wow, it looks all so beautiful! Our gardens are dying because of the extreme heat and drought going on around here :( I hope you get your squash! I love all the winter squashes, and I can only imagine the yummy recipes you have up your sleeve for them.

  3. what a beautiful garden. do you have a plot in a garden share or is it at your house?

    I'd love a garden but our loft in SLC and our apartment in Boston make it difficult as we have no yard. I could do container gardens and I just might. Next year, I guess.

    Till then, I'll be farmers-marketing-it for our fresh produce!

    1. It's actually a plot in a community garden. I love love being part of a larger community,getting tips and sharing seeds. Our's also happens to be in a really lovely sanctuary which is a big bonus. I'm sure there are some in your area- worth checking out for next year!

  4. I would not call that a little garden! ;) It looks wonderful. I too am jealous!

  5. It looks fantastic! It's so awesome that you include W in all this green fun! Oh, and I'll be posting a recipe later this week on swiss chard quiche if you're looking for something yummy to do with all that chard!

    Happy gardening!

  6. These are lovely photos. I would love to have an allotment (we're on the waiting list).

  7. Oh my goodness. What a cutie. Love your sweet blog.

  8. Ah, that little garden plot looks like a heavenly place! What a gift for Little Smith to see how food is grown - even if does eat some dirt. ;)


  9. oh my goodness, these pictures are so stunning. Adore this post, hun. If you get a sec, I'd love to hear your thoughts on my latest outfit post and guest post for Lauren Conrad. Thanks, love. xo