Tuesday, September 29, 2015

The Maple Hill Hop 100

What?
One 
hundred 
HOPS?
Wow, when did that happen?
Thanks to everyone for joining us  each Tuesday
with your wonderful outdoor posts!
See the first one here!

Maple Hill Hop


Welcome to 
The Maple Hill Hop.
This is a hop for folks who love the outdoors.
Feel free to post about anything that's going on
OUTSIDE
in your neck of the woods,
no matter the season.
(Please share only outdoor posts.)
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The fall veggie garden was started this month.
With designated beds lingering empty most of the summer,
I was just itchin' to get some seeds in the ground.


A few green bean plants are coming up.
These are the Slenderette variety that I've grown before.
Why change what works?
If all goes well, we'll be enjoying some of these on our Thanksgiving table.
 We've also got broccoli, carrots, kale, leek, lettuce and turtle beans
getting a good start in the garden.


I'm psyched about the sugar snap peas germinating.
These are an all-time favorite.
So sweet and tender, they are delicious fresh-picked for munching.
My garden mentor Lynn, introduced these to me a couple of years back,
and I am eternally grateful!
He's taught me so much in Farm School.



Although we are still having temperatures in the 80's,
I thought I'd give sowing beets a try.
I placed them on the northern side of the house,
under a native grass for shade,
and lo and behold, they decided to cooperate!
These will be sown every two weeks,
so that we will have a continuous harvest.
I can eat me a mess o' beets!
In other parts of the garden, they will be directly sown later this week.
It will be interesting to see if there is any difference
in the transplanted or direct-sown crops.
Here's how we roast them.


For the first time, we're growing an Asian cabbage called Tatsoi.
This deep green, compact cabbage has a sweet taste similar to spinach,
but nuttier.


Here's what it looks like when it's ready for pickin'. 
Gorgeous, right?
It's a wonderful addition to salads, soups, and stews,
or used on sandwiches or in dips.
It's so exciting watching new seedlings pop up,
like Christmas every morning!

What's happening in your neck of the woods?
Let's HOP!