July 21, 2008

Garden Bounty

My first big harvest of the year! The beets are ready, the first beans have ripened and the potatoes waited in the dirt for me to find them like little red jewels. Everything tastes so fresh and delicious. And cooking with garlic I grew myself is divine!

This is my first year in my community garden plot and I'm learning a lot about the space. It came with a mature grapevine arching over the plot. It shades about half the growing area! And what was beautiful and delicate in the spring became beastly and overgrown in the past few weeks. It was a veritable curtain of grapevines and it took two hours to cut it all back this weekend. Amazingly, there will still be boatloads of grapes to harvest. I'll have to learn more about grapevine maintenance so I trim it right this fall, and hopefully won't need to cut it back in the middle of the growing season next year. This grapevine has been around at least two decades though, so I know I haven't done any long term damage.

The next exciting harvest will be eggplants and tomatoes. Squash is getting ready too!


Carol E. said...

Yum! And I love the basket.

Clare said...

Oooh - a French basket. Yummy yummu fresh food.

I hate to say this, but vines do need to be cut back during the growing season otherwise all the growth goes into the stems and not the grapes. Ours are constantly being cut back!

Andrea said...

Looks wonderful! Wish I had a community garden by me! Enjoy!

QuiltedSimple said...

Looks yummy!! Good luck on the grapevines!

Anonymous said...

I wish our garden had turned out that good! There's always next year.

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jmb_craftypickle said...

What a fun blog! I too am a gardening, quilting Oregonian. I love the pictures of your bounty. It reminds me that I still haven't checked my own potato hills. I will be back.

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