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Pea Party! + Tomatoes & Beans

Pea Party! + Tomatoes & Beans

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I finally had my Pea Party this week: a lovely event that included me and …me.  Because I didn’t get enough peas to share with anyone.  (Sniff.)  Anyway, I was proud enough of myself for just keeping the plants alive until I could harvest something from them.  Next up are tomatoes and (purple!) beans.  I cheated a little on the tomatoes, and bought a plant several weeks ago that already had little green tomato-lets on it.  Aphids keep wanting to destroy the plant, but I have so far been able to keep them from their goal.  As you can see in the photo below, I already have some tomatoes coming ripe.  This time I will have a party for more than just one person!  The last photo is of the purple bean plants.  I have grown these in the past, and am in love with them!  Even the blossoms are a lovely purple, hinting of radiant things to come.  If you haven’t planted anything for the summer season yet, it’s not too late.  Get out there and grow something ♥Tomatoes

Purple Beans

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Small Table Garden: Saving the Peas

Small Table Garden: Saving the Peas

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Because we have had so many rainy and cloudy days here at the Small Table, my pea plants survived all the way to June!  I have to celebrate this victory with an exclamation mark, because I have no idea whether they will make it to actual pea-maturity.  The heat which has held off for so long is now coming full-force:  summer is here.  The plant is still alive, and a few pods have even formed.  But the ends of each stem are wilted down and suffering since the heat began– crunchy, like they’ve been fried in oil.

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Garden Update #3: The Plant Family Photo

Garden Update #3: The Plant Family Photo

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Saturday was the first day of sun at the Small Table in almost three weeks.  I’m not kidding!  We broke the record a few days ago for most consecutive days of measurable rain– a record that was set in 1937.  Wet.  But the cloudy skies have totally kept my peas alive, so I haven’t needed any cheesecloth yet.  A couple of weeks ago, I also decided to get a jump-start on summer plants, as you see in this LST Plant Family Photo.  So I’m feeling pretty happy about my little garden today.  Here you see (L-R):  sugar snap peas, mint, cilantro, cherry tomatoes, rosemary, and bush beans.

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Words for Dessert: A Swedish Proverb

Words for Dessert: A Swedish Proverb

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Feeling my Swedish heritage today!

 

Fear less

hope more

eat less

chew more

whine less

breathe more

talk less

say more

hate less

love more

and all

good things

will be

yours.

Swedish Proverb

 

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Garden Update #2

Garden Update #2

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Oh how I wished for summer while we were digging out of the huge blizzard that hit Small Table Land at the end of January!  I dreamily allowed my thoughts to drift to grilled flank steak and Cobb salad.  I imagined walking in flip-flops and testing out my new spray-sunscreen.  It was a fool’s errand! Now that my sweet baby pea plants are just reaching toddlerhood out on my deck, the temps have suddenly jumped to above 80°F.  I’m not ready!  My peas aren’t ready!  My deck faces east, and is enclosed on three sides.  This means that all sunlight and heat are amplified well beyond the actual ambient temperature.  So it’s been close to 85°F up there for the last three days.  Bad, bad, bad for spring crops.  Woe is me.  The only hope I have found in my pea-saving research is a little tip from Garden-Lifestyle Guy P. Allen Smith:

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Garden Update: The Peas Are Up!

Garden Update: The Peas Are Up!

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I’m so excited that my sugar snap peas have sprouted up!  I am amazed every time a seed begins to grow– even though this has caused a few eye-rolls and some mocking over the years from my brothers (“I come from a magical land where apples grow right on the trees,” etc…)  I feel like it’s one of those fascinating miracles of life on earth that is too easy to take for granted. Seeing these little plants come up makes me wonder at nature and frankly gives me a sense of satisfaction for the (few moments of) time I have spent caring for them.  So there it is… Garden Update #1.  Go find a plant to love!

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