Perennial Vegetables

Messy, but Still Producing

This is a summer of travel for me. A bit for work, a lot for fun, but very few days at home. After my last post, I flew to Denver for a week. I returned to more wildness, more chaos, and more hidden harvest.

Allowing this kind of wildness to take over shows me which plants thrive on my neglect. I become aware of just how much weeding and pruning and sculpting I do in the especially unkempt areas of the yard. Time to find a solution for those areas. Other corners are well-planted with the right plants in the right place with the right weed suppression (mulch or Boniato Potatoes or both).

Boniato potatoes flowers
Boniato potato flowers

I returned to more ripening vegetables. I now pick a small bowl each morning, plus all the Okinawa Spinach and Lemongrass I can use. Today, I gathered my first collection of these lovely Garden Peach tomatoes from a shady area of the yarden. They are thick and juicy and sweet, and I am absolutely saving some seeds for next season.

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Garden Peach tomatoes, plus a small bowl of veggies

My new passion flower, in full sun, is happy and covered in caterpillars. The little plant has a strong stem and is kicking out new leaves daily, even as the caterpillars fill them with holes. But providing a home to local species is one of the reasons I bought this beautiful plant, and I know it will bounce back after the caterpillars eat their fill. I’ll let nature do its thing and trust I’ll see more of these beautiful purple flowers in the future, soon with the addition of bright-orange Gulf Fritillary butterflies.

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Caterpillars of Gulf Fritillary Butterflies on a Passion Flower

The Purple Bush Beans and Cherokee Wax Beans are thick with pods.

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Purple Bush Beans

In the shadier areas of the yard, Sugar Snap Peas and Everglade Tomatoes continue to flower and produce fruit.

sugar snap pea flower
Sugar Snap Pea Flower

The yarden is a mess right now, but it’s working. The weeds are down, the desired plants are up, and it all just needs attention and time and, eventually, a landscaping overhaul that focuses on aesthetics.

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My very messy garden today

I had one full day to clean it up yesterday. But it was hot, sunny, and a perfect day for scuba diving, so I went on a play date with schools of fish instead of working in the garden. Oh well. Maybe I’ll find the time before I head off on my next adventure.

 

2 thoughts on “Messy, but Still Producing”

  1. I enjoyed reading your entries, and the pictures are so pretty! How’s it going now that you’re back in Florida with Red? I miss you, like always….wish you lived closer and we could chat every now and then🌹Mom

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  2. Had a passion vine for a couple of years, no fruit. Friend said they require hand pollination. Another said there was one in the alley nearby for years that fruited. Curious what you get –

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