Tuesday, July 05, 2011

From the garden gate

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Lots has changed in two weeks. The squash are filling the bed and the peas are just about spent. Soon the green beans will be producing.
I had given up on my parsnip seeds. They had been interplanted with radishes on the first of June and no sign of them despite constant moisture. THen all of a sudden there they were !!! I remember the first time I planted them, I had no idea what a parsnip seedling looked like and so I was afraid to weed for fear of weeding a parsnip. I would have given anything to have been able to find a picture like the one below.
Parsnip seedling

I ate my first artichoke the other day for lunch. It is a delicious vegetable fresh off the plant. I am not sure if I am leaving them on too long or too short of a time. The outer leaves were a tad bitter. They shoot up on stalks from the center of the plant and each stalk produces 3 artichokes. It should be a bumper year.


Thomas said...

Lovely artichoke, Leslie! Is this one from your overwintered plant?

Leslie said...

Yes it is, Thomas ... There are three chokes on each stalk and there are three stalks on this plant for a total of nine from one overwintered plant. Green Globe Improved. Reimer Seeds.

Thomas said...

I will have to look into this variety for next year. I like Imperial Star but the flavor of a green globe is hard to match.

Zoƫ said...

Thank you for posting the picture of your parsnip seedling! I was in the same boat, afraid to weed. I have seen a few of these leaves, yay!!