The peas have been pulled.
The lettuce has gone to seed.
Strawberries are ripening.
Raspberries are turning red.
Blueberries and peaches shouldn’t be too far off.
And most important…
Beans are ready! Glorious green beans. I picked a bucket tonight. Enough for a meal. I. Can’t. Wait. Fresh green beans are probably my favorite vegetable. Read on for a little more on my May 2017 garden.
Lettuce gone to seed
The peas have quit producing, thanks to a week of 85+ degree weather. That heat effectively killed them. It makes the blooms fall off the vine and no blooms mean no peas. So I finally pulled them and tossed everything to the chickens. They had a blast picking through the vines for the leaves and remaining peas.
The lettuce has also bolted. Peas and lettuce don’t like hot weather. Once it gets hot, lettuce gets very bitter. I’ll wait a few days and feed that to the chickens too. They don’t care weather it’s bitter or not. It’s a great way to recycle old produce into eggs.
The good news is there are lots more things getting ready. I usually can wander out to the garden and find a snack of strawberries or raspberries. It shouldn’t be much longer until the blueberries are ready. Another month or so and the peaches will be ripening. Hopefully I can keep the rabbits and squirrels at bay long enough to enjoy some of the fruits of my labor!
But the most exciting gardening news of all…tonight I picked my first bucket of beans. It should be enough for a meal for my family of 5. All from a 6 foot row that I started in early April. It was a little bit of a gamble starting them that soon in my Zone 7 garden, but I usually take a few risks in the garden every year. Sometimes it pays off. Sometimes it doesn’t. This year it paid off nicely. I love fresh green beans, lightly cooked, then sauteed with some garlic. It makes my mouth water just thinking about it.
So how does gardening simplify my life?
First, homegrown produce is usually healthier and fresher. It is also much better tasting. Instead of driving to the store to buy fruits and veggies, I can just go out back and pick what we want for supper. I spend much less on groceries in the summer and I feel we eat much better. That’s a win in my book!
The squash and zucchini are growing larger by the day.
Pepper plants are blooming.
Tomatoes are hanging thick on their plants.
Ahhhh! Summer. How I do love thee!
Do you garden?
Leave a note in the comments and tell me: Do you garden? If so, what do you grow?
Want more information on how I make gardening easier? Check out my two posts on gardening with black plastic here and here. And if you feel like throwing in the towel when it comes to gardening, be sure to read Why I Almost Quit Gardening.