Ugly Garden’s Bounty
Such as it is.
I reserve the right to re-use the title of this post at such a time when said bounty is either greater in volume or entirely of my own production. Because these…
Did not come from Ugly Garden. Oh no. Those beauties came from my awesome-hippy-old-man-neighbor’s garden, who is out of town and allowed us to pilfer in exchange for collecting his mail. Score! The man is kind of a genius. He has absolutely no fanciness. No raised beds. No cool equipment. Just loads of produce. I envy his rebel garden.
Nearly a garden milk jug full of, slightly less pretty, but nevertheless damn tasty raspberries, still not from Ugly Garden. Yet another pilfer. A generous friend also out of town, with an over grown patch. Why, yes I will pick your raspberries for you. Between the two stashes of free, I’ve got enough for at least one round of jam. Three cheers for the gardener vacation!
The raspberries from Ugly Garden.
Excuse me. The raspberry (singular) from Ugly Garden.
Admittedly, this is not Ugly Garden’s fault. I can hardly hold it against her. My raspberries are young. They take a couple years to establish. There should currently be no such fruit to photograph in Ugly Garden. I know this. And yet. Raspberries seem to be flowing from everywhere. Except my backyard. Again with the envy. More than a little. Don’t even talk to me about the brocoli.
Quickly moving on to the win category, quite possibly the prettiest cabbage I’ve ever seen. Yes, I’m a little biased.
I’ve grew four of them. It only took me nine months. N.I.N.E.
Cucumber productivity. The gherkins are amassing.
Round 1 of my beloved fridge pickles are brining away. Whether or not there will be cucumber production for a batch of pickles proper remains to be seen, but we are off to a strong start.
Speaking of starts, that is something we do have in abundance. Good solid starts. Starts closing in on almost ready’s.
Fennel, almost ready for roasting.
Onions, any day now.
Chard, I am ecstatic to see due to my continued lack of spinach.
Green Tomatoes, lots and lots of green tomatoes.
Such is the plight of the Seattle Tomato Grower. I refuse to comment any further, for fear of jinxing myself.
And finally, who knew pumpkin flowers were so pretty?
Certainly not me! They look almost tropical. I’m a little concerned my pumpkin patch will jump it’s borders, and take on the tomatoes in an out and out turf war. There may need to be some sort of trellis intervention.
There it is. The prettiest of this post? Not from Ugly Garden. Misleading title aside, we are getting there. We are solidering on. Still. Despite all that, there is bounty to be had. From joining this guild of gardeners and throwing myself into our common plight, I think my fellow members are taking pity on me. This bounty comes from pretending to be a gardener. Rather than actually being one.
What are you harvesting? Or almost harvesting? Anything? Better yet what are you benefitting from in someone else’s garden?