5.5.10 Sow What?

Lettuce 790 xxx
photos by george billard
I've got so much to share with you! This is a very exciting time of year, as all sorts of things start to happen out in the garden. On Saturday—a sweltering, faux-summer day—we visited our local organic nursery, Silver Heights Farm, where they specialize in wonderful heirlooms and rare varieties. (They have a great website, and a booth at the farmers' market in NYC's Union Square.) We haven't gotten it together yet to start things from seed, and we are so spoiled by their incredible greenhouses fairly bursting with baby plants. G and I are like kids in a candy store, and we tend to overbuy. He took some beautiful pictures of the initial planting, mostly lettuces, a few peas, onions, shallots, cauliflower, broccoli, lots of kale and chicories, and fennel. Cucumbers, tomatoes, Japanese eggplant, tomatillos and summer squash will go in later. I'm also posting an in-progress shot of one end of the garden. You can see one of the places we are in the process of installing flagstone paths, as well as the area marked off for a new raised bed.
Snowpeas 790 xxx
snowpeas and their bamboo stakes
Fennel 790 xxx
Planting 790 xxx
note chic coveralls and camo gloves (disregard frazzled hair)
Cassis 790 xxx
the black currants are in bloom!
Garden 790 xxx
the wooden tubs are for tomatoes; that's our rhubarb patch sticking up behind them
Scallions 790 xxx
scallions—each little stalk is a separate plant
Wallawalla 790 xxx
walla walla onions
Kale 790 xxx
red russian kale


those onions are so cute!
Lisa on May 5, 2010 at 3:28 am —
Laura, i *love* your post titles- love them. x shayma
shayma on May 5, 2010 at 10:50 am —
You're sweet.
laura on May 5, 2010 at 10:59 am —
It must be so relaxing to plant vegetables. Are you wholly present in the moment when you garden or do you daydream about what comes next?
Elaine on May 5, 2010 at 4:08 pm —
Planting is pretty absorbing. Not much time for letting the mind wander. Weeding is another story, though my attention usually only wanders about as far as a beautiful hummingbird alighting on a bush, or a trail of ants marching inexorably forward...
laura on May 5, 2010 at 5:10 pm —
What a beautiful life you lead...
Elaine on May 5, 2010 at 6:22 pm —
It's true, though I am covered with itchy red welts from biting flies and I did have to chase a fat hungry groundhog away from the garden today...
laura on May 6, 2010 at 2:53 am —
Black currants? YUM! What lovely things are you going to do with those?
peggy on May 8, 2010 at 12:30 am —
This will be our first year with any yield (if we beat the birds to them), so I guess it depends on how many we get. Probably some syrup!
laura on May 8, 2010 at 12:37 am —