I’m sort of in between crops, now that the lettuce has bolted and the broccoli and peas are taking their sweet time growing. So every day finds me inspecting the plants quite closely, nose right down under the leaves, looking for the first signs of fruition. And this week they are here!
Of course, they are so small, I had a bit of trouble getting them in focus. The first tiny pea pods are emerging from the wilted flowers.
After I harvested the first head of broccoli, the other plants finally seemed to realize what their purpose on Earth is, and all revealed their tightly-packed buds to me on the same day.
Miss Chef’s cayennes are emerging, also.
We already have tiny green blackberries forming.
And I’ve been pleasantly surprised that some of the cilantro seeds I sort of threw in the dirt as an afterthought have actually emerged and put up their first miniature leaves.
But most amazing to me is the sungold cherry tomato plant, which looks poised to bury us in sweet little orbs before too long.
Did you spot all four of them in that picture? Seeing this so early in the season, I was very happy that I have an outlet with Friendship Gardens for all the extra tomatoes Miss Chef and I will not be able to eat.
Oh, and while I was thinking small, I dug out some of our Christmas train décor and got down and dirty in the carrot patch again.
I think these HO-sized figurines are a bit too small, to be honest. I call this one “Bringing in the Herd.”
I had a name for this one, but I forget what it was. There ya go, jenny_o!
Oh, and I’m making my first steps in my new writing career. I’ve had an informal meeting with an editor for a local independent paper for potential blog work, and I’ve written my first, brief post on my own new food-centric blog. You can read it here. It’ll be a familiar theme for anyone who’s been reading along for a while