Tuesday, June 8, 2010

What a busy last few weeks we've had! No time to garden; no time to blog about gardening. Luckily, my garden had a busy few weeks too...busy growing that is!! I now have flowers on my potato plants (which are totally huge by the way) and the peas that I thought weren't growing have flowers also. My lettuce has grown out of its box and i have teeny baby tomatoes! I'm so excited! We've been having tons of lettuce salads and they have been fantastic!

My raspberries (at least that's what I think they are) have had a few flowers and I am hoping that they will soon turn to berries. I'm so excited to try them!

Here are some pictures from a couple of weeks ago. Hopefully I'll have more current ones up tomorrow.
Oh, a couple of questions:

1. The cilantro I planted has really taken off but it has some weird non-cilantro-like things growing out the center of the plant...anyone have any idea what that is?

2. I planted Sugar Ann Snap Peas and the card that came with it said they grow in a bush. Do I still need to make a trellis for them to grow on? They sort of seem to be attacking my onion stalks and attaching their little tendrils to them!


  1. Your garden looks great!

    I bet that your cilantro bolted. When the weather gets too warm, it sends up a flower shoots that has different leaves that have an 'airier' look. You should see some white flowers on it soon. It flings seeds everywhere and they survive multiple years. I planted cilantro at my first house and even though I didn't plant it again, my lawn smelled like cilantro every time I mowed it for years. If you don't want it to self-seed all over the place, you should cut off the flower stalk. You might also want to taste the cilantro before you cook with it now. Once it has bolted, it takes on a soapy taste that I find unpleasant.

  2. Hi Liz!
    Katie is right, your cilantro has bolted but I wouldn't be alarmed. When cilantro bolts, the seeds that develop are actually coriander. If you don't care for coriander, you can cut it back but personally, I'd let it go to seed and collect them. If you're diligent you can harvest them or you can put little cheese cloth bags around the tops to collect the seeds so that they don't self-sow. If I remember correctly, Katie is also right about the taste of the leaves after it's bolted. You may want to plant some more and keep it pinched back.