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Jul 21

Today In My Garden

One of my plans when I first started blog­ging was to cre­ate an online jour­nal of what was going on in my gar­den. So let me tell you about my day…


Today I mar­veled at the per­fec­tion and beauty of my squash plants. Oh, don’t get me wrong. I am fully aware that they won’t stay this lovely. These per­fectly formed and perky leaves will start to wilt. The bugs will dis­cover them and chew tiny holes in them, some in lace-like pat­terns. Some leaves will wither and yel­low even as the squash starts arriv­ing by the bushel full.

But for now, I love these squash plants. They are per­fect. They are mam­moth. My hand can­not even reach from one side of the leaf to the other. Today, they rep­re­sent the poten­tial of abun­dance and are an orna­ment to my garden.

Today I also picked black­eyed peas. I have never grown them before, but a fam­ily friend gave me some seedlings she pur­chased at the local Amish mar­ket. Frankly, it was dur­ing the throes of spring plant­ing and I just plunked them in a con­ve­nient spot. They are, per­haps, a bit crowded. And at first I thought they would need some sort of trel­lis to climb. But they have done just fine here, shoot­ing up their long pods above the plants.


It was very sat­is­fy­ing pick­ing a whole bucket of these beans today. Tomor­row I will shell them and find some appro­pri­ate dish to high­light their fresh­ness. Secretly (okay, secret’s out), I am grate­ful that the men in my house do not like black­eyed peas. ALL MINE!

I also admired my pink bed today. When I planted the cock’s comb seedlings in the bed near the cone flow­ers I didn’t real­ize they would inter­min­gle so com­pan­ion­ably. But now I think I’ll do this again, since it’s a win­ning combination.


The cone flow­ers also make me smile because they are from a clump of flow­ers given to me by a friend about four years ago. I always think of her and her hus­band when I see them.

I also started har­vest­ing the seeds from my spent cilantro plants. These corian­der seeds will be a fine, fresh addi­tion to some dish. I’ll need to begin explor­ing recipes soon to take advan­tage of the new harvest.

So, aside from the water­ing and bush squish­ing, that was my gar­den today.

What was going on in your gar­den today?


Garden and food writer Robin Ripley is co-author of Grocery Gardening. Her new book, Wisdom for Home Preservers, is now available from Taunton Press. Bumblebee is about her life in rural Maryland, her garden, cooking, dogs and pet chickens. She also blogs about food and chickens at Eggs & Chickens. Follow her on Twitter, Pinterest and Facebook. Thank you for visiting.


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