Saturday, July 25, 2009


"A vegetable garden in the beginning looks so promising and then after all, little by little, it grows nothing but vegetables..."
--Gertrude Stein
"Build houses and settle down; plant gardens and eat what they produce."
Jeremiah 29.5

I am proud of these, the least hopeful, bush beans and shelling peas. All started late in the season from seed, one of which was transplanted here as a Mother's Day gift from Morgen, which she cultured in Preschool.

So delicate, yet thriving! I love peas, their design, their Designer.

How many zucchini can you find?

Woah! Gettin' big! I need to check on the produce more often!

Pretty amazing...

...that vegetable just pops out underneath that wilting flower! Outstanding! Hoorah!
I think zucchini vines are really cool: spikey, hollow, vermilion!

Unbelievable! These hearty peppers are winning the fight to survive against the leaf-devouring slug and the sun-hoarding zucchini foliage! I see a nice Thai stir-fry in my future...

I have no idea what this volunteer vine is, I have never had vines in this bed. But oh the fool I would be to destroy the oft-rewarding vine!

What do you think? Pumpkin? Watermelon? Some delicious gourd pooped there by the birds living in the house space above? Hmmm...that doesn't sound right.

Big tomatoes.

Tiny tomatoes.

Red tomatoes!

This year, there is enough to share, and a four-year old who is actually restraining himself until they are ripe...and then they are eaten by the eight-year old. It's survival of the fittest around here! (If only they wouldn't ripen one at a time!)

And today we visited the St. John's Farmers Market, a new endeavor for 'The John' and yet another reason to love living here on the Peninsula. What lucky livability we have stumbled onto! I bought beans, beets, and a Walla-Walla onion.

Fresh vegetables are gorgeous. Organic, fresh beets are a thing I would've never believed. They are weird, hairy, you can dye things with them. I love multi-talented veggies!

And then I discovered the Macro setting on my little point and shoot...

"[The kids and I] planted the seed, [we also] watered it, but God made it grow. So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow."
1 Corinthians 3.6-7

Thank you God, for the fun and food that is our garden, and even the local farms around us!


CeAnne said...

Looks like some growing fun around there! HOPEFULLY next year we will have something growing. Not much room at the duplex we are moving to but the whole yard could easily be a garden ;)

Sarah said...

dude your garden is rockin!

Kathy said...


I am so impressed. WIth your garden, with your pictures, with the post presentation. WOW.

If only I were close enough to join in the bounty :)

Kristen Courter said...

I'm jealous of your green peppers!!

les said...

that's going to be our garden next year. john wants to try to "live off the land" all summer next year. we're already plotting.