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Trellises and More

May 30, 2011

It has been an exciting weekend on the balcony. Soon after I posted about the pea flowers, the flowers made good on their promises, and baby peas emerged. We also bought and set up a new, wooden trellis for the rapidly growing vines to climb.

The other trellises were more homemade. I started to add some cross poles to the bamboo teepees we set up for the tomatoes. It’ll be a few more weekends until these are done because we need a handful more bamboo poles and a lot more time, but it’ll get done.

We also acquired some flowers thanks to Jeremy’s mom. She had some extra marigolds, dahlias, and blue clown wishbone flowers. We’re hoping that they will attract some of the bees and other creatures that are good for pollination and repel aphids and other unfriendly garden bugs.

Yesterday morning we rode our bikes to the farmer’s market nearby. It was our first trip on our bikes since moving. They had been sitting unused for the winter, and we finally took them in for a tune-up last weekend. We got some wonderful, fresh ingredients for our barbecue last night. Most exciting was the surprise purchase of three dozen clams. The fish vendor had a special going and suggested getting some to grill. We had never cooked clams before, but with some help from the internet they were a great success.

During our trip to New Jersey on Saturday, we bought a waffle cone maker (we’re still working through wedding gift cards), and yesterday we made ice cream with strawberries from the market to go in our first batch of cones. It ended up being more of a strawberry milkshake with a cone on top because the ice cream didn’t solidify fast enough and the cones had holes in the bottom. Nonetheless, it was delicious.

Here’s an overview of the garden with the new additions:

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. Kendra permalink
    May 30, 2011 5:36 pm

    I can’t believe those peas! When we saw them they were the smallest of sprouts! The entire garden is looking great. Well done 🙂

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