After a really big rain most of last night I visited the garden this evening to find that the beans are just poking through the ground. Many are still wearing their seed coats:
These are Kentucky Wonder Beans and will grow up my 8 foot tall fence vigorously. I saved these beans from last year's crop.
My heirloom peas, planted the first week of April are nearly 3 feet tall right now:
In my 20 years of growing them and saving seeds, I think I have influenced their height by saving those which grew especially tall.
I'm trying potatoes again after we ate our entire inaugural crop last year at Thanksgiving. Jean, who I work with, gave me seed potatoes from Seed Savers in Decorah (I gave her peas). Here are the German Browns:
Not nearly as tall but vigorous are the Peruvian Purples:
I have to be a polyglot to garden this year.
Other early success are my onions, I've been eating them for nearly 3 weeks:
And my red leaf lettuce, which I started to harvest on Saturday:
Right next to the lettuce above are this year's new experimental plants, collard greens.
I've also got tomatoes, peppers, basil, cucumbers, cabbage, cantelope, watermelon, Chinese cabbage, zucchini and cilantro planted. I still need to put in some acorn squash and pumpkins.
Meanwhile as I work on all this, Lisa continues to sculpt the yard on a much grander, perennial scale. The textures. color, and depth never cease to amaze me, as they did on my way back to the house tonight: