1 My vegetable garden is thriving down here by the chicken coops. All the plants are looking great - I am certain it will be a productive season.
2 In June, everyone waits with anticipation as the vegetables start to develop. A few weeks ago, our crops were already looking strong and vibrant.
3 And look at it now - so lush and green! Many of them are nearly ready to harvest.
4 This was the other side of the garden just four weeks ago.
5 Everything has grown! I like to use salt hay in the footpaths to enhance the look of the garden and to enrich the soil.
6 Lettuce, Lactuca sativa, is a cultivated plant of the daisy family, Asteraceae. Lettuce is a fairly hardy, cool-weather vegetable that thrives when the average daily temperature is between 60 and 70-degrees Fahrenheit. This was our lettuce last month.
7 Here is the same lettuce patch yesterday. I love all the different colored lettuces. Many of these are ready to harvest.
8 I share these vegetables with my daughter, Alexis, and my grandchildren, Jude and Truman, but I also love sharing the bounty with friends and colleagues.
9 The tomato plants are all very strong. We're growing both hybrid and heirloom varieties and I'm hoping for a fantastic harvest.
10 Soon, these plants will be supported by bamboo teepee-like structures. I can't wait to eat all the juicy tomatoes.
11 The spinach looks so healthy also - and researchers say spinach leaves that look fully alive and vital have more vitamin-C than spinach leaves that are pale in color.
12 I am sure you know this crop - it's kale. Kale or leaf cabbage is a group of vegetable cultivars within the plant species Brassica oleracea. They have purple or green leaves, in which the central leaves do not form a head.
13 Bok choy or Chinese cabbage is among the highest nutritionally ranked vegetables, and provides many nutrients including omega-3s, and the antioxidant mineral zinc.
14 I showed you my cole crops earlier this week. I am so very happy with them this season. The broccoli heads are growing so beautifully.
15 Some are ready to enjoy! Here are two of the first broccoli heads to be harvested. Broccoli is in the Brassicaceae family. It is one of the healthiest vegetables, and is high in vitamin-C and fiber.
16 Here is the white variety of cauliflower - still beautiful, and so, so healthy. Cauliflower is another excellent source of vitamin-C, and a very good source of manganese.
17 We also harvested this perfect cabbage.
18 Red, or purple, cabbage is often used raw for salads and coleslaw. It contains 10-times more vitamin-A and twice as much iron as green cabbage.
19 These two could use a little more time.
20 Swiss chard is a leafy green vegetable often used in Mediterranean cooking. The leaf stalks are large and vary in color, usually white, yellow, or red. The leaf blade can be green or reddish in color.
21 The celery is also developing so nicely. Depending on location and cultivar, either its stalks, leaves, or hypocotyl are eaten and used in cooking. Celery is a very good source of folate, potassium, dietary fiber, manganese, and pantothenic acid.
22 I grow all kind of carrots - in all different colors. Aside from the week-known orange carrot, they also come in red, yellow, white and purple varieties.
23 Beets, Beta vulgaris, is a tuberous root vegetable in the Amarathaceae family. They are small herbaceous plants with broad green leaves. Its underground taproot matures in 50-60 days of sowing.
24 The onions looked wonderful - we planted a lot of white, yellow and red onions.
25 Onions are harvested later in the summer when the underground bulbs are mature and flavorful. I always look forward to the onion harvest!
26 We've already picked many peas from our new trellises. The pea is from the seed-pod of the pod fruit Pisum sativum. Pea pods are botanically fruit, since they contain seeds and developed from the ovary of a flower.
27 One serving of peas contains as much as vitamin-C as two large apples, more fiber than a slice of wholemeal bread, and more thiamine than a pint of whole milk.
28 It is a wonderful year for the garden.