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

4 thoughts on “Ben Franklin and Friends

  1. aregularcupofjo

    Looks like an awesome garden. I just started growing a lemon seed and I love it. I cracked up when I read you named the turkey Ben Franklin. Thanks for sharing and best of luck with everything :)

    Reply

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