Flowers, Vegetables, Herbs!

It’s been more than a month since I published a blog.  Lots has happened!  I harvested garlic and braided it.  Not a braid to show at the farm market, but I’d never done it before.  I was also pleased with the size of the bulbs. Yum.  I’ll use the biggest one to plant in August for next year’s garlic.

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It’s nice to have fresh garlic!

I’ve been getting all kinds of greens–salad greens, beet greens and the chard.  I’m mighty glad to see the summer squashes and zucchinis coming on.  It will provide some variety!

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I have had some lovely beets this spring and have taken the chicken wire down since the rabbits don’t bother the leaves too much once they’re larger.  I’m getting lots of herbs and flowers and enjoying having cut flowers in the house again.

The small AFAC plot has grown exponentially since the last picture and has a good sized zucchini. We’ve also had lots of lettuces and radishes and cilantro from it.  In fact, volunteers in the garden, Gerda and Mike took three pounds of fresh produce to a distribution center and it got sent out with people that very day.

The large outside garden is mostly flowers this year, though I am waiting for the blackberries to come on. The asparagus is doing well in its second year and the flowers are all looking pretty good.

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I can’t wait for the sunflowers! Meanwhile, everything looks pretty healthy here.

Last weekend I did a LOT of weeding in preparation for a week of rain.  So all gardens are in order (at least the ones I take care of) and now I’ll await harvesting.  Have a lovely week!

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38 Responses to Flowers, Vegetables, Herbs!

  1. tonytomeo says:

    You save the biggest garlic for next year? I typically use the biggest, or give it away, and put the smaller ones back into the garden. It seems like a wast to bury the best when the smaller ones will grow next year. Are big bulbs better there because of the colder winters?

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    • arlingwoman says:

      Of course. I’m practicing natural selection 😉 Over time I’ve gotten bigger bulbs by doing that. I don’t know if they taste better than the smaller ones, ’cause I’m planting those big ones–and there are enough that I don’t feel bad. Not sure about the winters being cooler, but I started this journey with Gilroy garlic, years ago, which I knew was fresh!

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      • tonytomeo says:

        The genetics of the bulbs do not change if they are merely cloned. If they are bigger now, it is likely environmental, which means that the conditions in the garden have improved. Bigger bulbs might grow bigger because they are getting a head start.
        Is Gilroy garlic fresher than other garlic? Freshness should not matter when growing it, unless of course, bulbs are shriveled. Gilroy is not too far from here. That is where I grew citrus (trees) in the early 1990s.

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      • arlingwoman says:

        Here, when it says garlic from Gilroy (and I was at the garlic festival one year) you know it’s from this year. I have found that by choosing the bigger bulbs, I get a better harvest, unless it’s a disaster of a year, but garlic just seems to take in anything but continuous drenching, so it may not matter.

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      • tonytomeo says:

        Can other garlic be more than a year old?! That would be a problem.

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      • arlingwoman says:

        Yes, sometimes in the store it’s old and not domestic. So farm markets and known places are best!

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  2. It’s good to see you swinging by again. Everything is looking very healthy and I’m glad to hear the rabbits are leaving some for you. I love your braid of garlic! Just having enough to braid is a fabulous thing to me. With mid winter around the corner the really cold weather is just getting underway here but still it is a treat to see flowers in vases and shy little fresh cucumbers and to know you are cooking beets in your kitchen….. I’m on soups 🙂

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    • arlingwoman says:

      Oh, stews and soups and yummy things with biscuits, but you don’t do biscuits do you? I had a beet, lettuce, walnut and avocado salad last night. I didn’t grow the avocado…

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      • Nobody grows avocados! I think they are found under cabbage leaves at the bottom of a garden somewhere 🙂 They remained shockingly expensive here last summer and autumn due to too much of the wet stuff I think. I love avocados!! Sometimes, in winter I have a kind of biscuit I make with oats and cheese and herbs and spices. That’s yummy with soup!!

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      • arlingwoman says:

        That biscuit sounds wonderful. I’ve been eating a lot of avocados this spring. They’re my latest food craving, and as we know, I give in to those…so am eating them even on toast. Yum.

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  3. Sylvie Ge says:

    Beautiful garden and flower arrangement. The garlic looks great!

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  4. Maria says:

    Looks tidy and wonderful!

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  5. smilecalm says:

    nice reward, this
    spicy garden to enjoy
    for all your efforts!
    who’d want to blog
    when they could be
    out in the soil? 🙂

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  6. A veritable cornucopia! This morning we had our first frost, and tonight we had zucchini soup frozen since the summer!

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  7. I trust you are fully recovered now – your excellent produce, especially the splendid garlic, suggests so.

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  8. Oh, garlic! As with so many other things, can’t be beat when it’s fresh. Everything is looking fantastic, including the lovely bouquet. Now the rain can come. I understand it is heading north, and I plan on doing a few things outside to get ready for my indoor days.

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  9. Eliza Waters says:

    Looks like your healthy harvest is coming along well. You are at least a month ahead of us, our garlic is just scaping. I love your flower arrangement in that orange vase! Zinnias are so cheerful, not to mention how much the pollinators love them.
    Have a great week ahead!

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    • arlingwoman says:

      Thanks, Eliza! I’m pleased with the garden so far–and I do like having flowers to cut. Later in the season, it’s all zinnias all the time, but for now the mix is nice. I love how the birds and bees and butterflies come for them.

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  10. Wow, Lisa! Your garden is on a roll! And those garlic bulbs are impressive. Did you grow them from seed or clove?

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  11. Robin says:

    Wow! Look at your garden grow. 🙂 And that garlic! How wonderful to have fresh garlic that you grew yourself. I really should pop some cloves in the ground this year. (I say that every year and then forget to do it.)

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    • arlingwoman says:

      I think since it takes so long it may not seem worth it; and then there’s that plant in the fall thing, when you’re ready to be done with it all! I do like the idea of knowing it’s fresh and organic. Also, they’re already active in the garden in the spring, which makes it seem like you have a jump start on growing. Give it a try in late August!

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  12. KerryCan says:

    Look at you go (and grow!) All the hard work really pays off–and it’s pretty as well as tasting good. I do love zinnias–I can’t figure out why no one sells them at the garden centers so I can plant my own. I’ve always loved garlic braids, too–I’ve never known anyone to braid her own!

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    • arlingwoman says:

      It’s easy to get zinnia seeds–and there are so many kinds! Plant the earliest you can and enjoy. After that they come up on their own all over the place. As for the braid, I watched a you tube video!

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  13. Lisa what a beautiful garden! It looks lush and orderly and refreshed. I admire your culinary skills and the way you grow what you’ll use. Your spring vase is lovely. We had temps in the 97 to 104 several days last week so the sweet peas have closed up shop. I miss them but know they’ll be back next year with zero effort in my part. What a gift. I hope you are otherwise doing well.

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  14. arlingwoman says:

    Hey, good to hear from you! I hope things are well. Ugh that’s too hot for June. So far the garden IS sort of orderly for me! I’ve been careful not to let the zinnias take over (remember the year the zinnia thugs crowded out the tomatoes?) So far so good. I took some cucumbers last night. Yum! Our sweet peas don’t die out, but get larger and crazier all summer, even in the heat. It may be that it isn’t the heat, but the rains stop. I do hope you don’t have the fires this year! I’m dreading them and I don’t even live out there. We’ve been having a little bit of rain every day this week. Last night I did yeoman weeding along the fenceline. Tonight I may plant some zinnias out from my garden. We’ll see. I’m going to email you soon with a question re your store.

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