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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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