Monthly Archives: May 2013

Ben Franklin and Friends

Violet de Provence Artichoke!

Violet de Provence Artichoke!

We love artichokes but usually eat them canned (as in canned artichoke hearts). In salads, stuffed, with pasta, etc…they are delicious. In the garden, they are beautiful big plants that are sometimes perennial (more about wintering artichokes). They are very spiky! I have a vague idea about how to remove the “choke” and know I want to try some fresh ones dipped in some lemon juice with butter, other than that, harvesting and preparing the fresh artichokes will be a new experience! One in which I will need to don some sturdy gloves!

Ben Franklin

Ben Franklin

We’ve named the turkey Ben Franklin since Ben Franklin wanted the turkey to be our national bird. It might be a female in which case it can be Benjamina Franklin.

Ben Franklin on our woodpile

Ben (or Benjamina) Franklin on our wood pile

1 of 22 tomato plants

1 of 22 tomato plants

Since we started our tomato plants from seeds (at the beginning of April) our tomato plants are still pretty small, but they’re growing! Click here for pictures of the varieties we are growing (last picture of the post).

Russian Red kale seed pods forming

Russian Red kale seed pods forming

Colorful Lettuce Patch

Colorful Lettuce Patch (Spinach, Chard, Kohlrabi and “Rocky Top” lettuce mix)

The Spy found a little egg on the ground

The Spy found a little egg on the ground

Tall Telephone peas

Tall Telephone peas

Spy Garden May 30, 2013

Spy Garden May 30, 2013

Garlic in Many Forms

Roller Coaster Scapes

Roller Coaster Scapes

A scape flowering

A scape flowering

Younger garlic setting scapes

Young garlic setting scapes: These plants are one year old; grown from scape seeds

The scapes can be cut and used as you would garlic. If left on the plant each scape will produce little round mini-bulb seeds. It takes about three years to get a good-sized garlic head from the scape seeds. You can also grow garlic from individual cloves planted in summer/fall and get full-sized garlic heads the following spring.

Garlic planted from a bulb late last summer.

Garlic planted from a bulb late last summer.

All of this garlic began with a handful of little garlic seeds given to us by some good friends. We planted the seeds in 2010.

Whirly Twirly!

Whirly Twirly

These few are huge; the tallest is 5 feet tall!

These few plants are huge; the tallest is 5 feet tall!

Soon we will dig up some heads of garlic and see it in yet another form!