Garden Tour—June 5, 2016

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Everything is going nuts in this bed except the garlic. 
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Almost ready! 
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Lots of green beans. 
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Carrots need to be thinned again. 
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Holy potato plants, Batman! 
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Cabbage is starting to form tiny heads. 
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I see red strawberries in there. 
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The second crop of peas (middle two rows) is up! 
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Hurry up and bloom, I want fresh peas! 
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Tomatoes are going crazy! 
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Yay, more blossoms! 
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Mmm, basil. 
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I’m really loving this eclectic little bed. 
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Tomatillos and oregano going strong! 
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Weigelas are so pretty in bloom, but I kind of hate them the rest of the year. 
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The pumpkin plants seem happy enough in this spot. 
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Hard to tell, but the hydrangeas are definitely growing. No signs of shock at all. 
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Rainbow Swiss chard. 
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Cucumbers
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I love watching how fast the peppers grow at this time of year. 
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The first wee jalapeño. 
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First poblano pepper. 
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Tomatoes (and maple sapling). 
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First tomato is getting bigger. 
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The tall plants in the middle are calla lillies I bought at the Master Gardeners’ sale. The back right might be verbinum that we thought died. It also might be some wild volunteer thing that we don’t recognize. In front are two wee baptisia from my friend Mary. 
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The lemon balm I planted here last year is already 4x as big as last year. It smells heavenly. 
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Another view of they hydrangeas. 
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We built this bed years ago because it was so hard to mow. Sadly, we lost the butterfly bushes that were there in a bitterly cold winter. Two years ago we put down river rock and planted flowers that don’t really need much water. Cat mint in front. Two types of sedum in the middle. Not sure what kind of grass that it. On either side are trump vines. They were out of control and damaging the fence so I chopped them all down in April. You can see how much they’ve come back. 

Things Are Happening!

Exciting developments in the garden today! Almost all of the tomatoes have their first blossoms on them. I can almost taste the fresh tomatoes! The broccoli plants are forming their first heads. I tried to grow it the first year of gardening (2014) and I didn’t realize how fast it would be overripe so I’ll be watching it much more closely this year.

I really need to start carrying my big camera out for detail photos. It’s too hard to pinpoint the focus on my cell phone.

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Yes, those are tiny little flowers on my tomatoes! I am so excited for fresh tomatoes I can hardly stand it! Just a few more weeks to wait. 
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I seriously need to stop using my cell phone to take photos. Anyway, yes, that is the start of a head of broccoli! I’m guessing we’ll be eating fresh broccoli in a couple of weeks if the weather stays warm and sunny. 

Garden Tour—May 28, 2016

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We’ve been eating the Romaine (back row) already. Front left is mix of spring greens. Front right is spinach. 
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Heavy rain a couple of days ago really beat up this delicate curly lettuce, but it will bounce back. 
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All of the greens along with two rosemary plants and tiny basil (started from seed) on the black stand. 
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Bay Laurel.
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I planted a ridiculous number of peppers this year. (That lilac bush had grown two feet over the patio so we trimmed it back hard last weekend. It’s already greening up inside so it will look better soon.) 
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I may have gotten carried away with the pepper plants. 
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Rainbow Swiss chard in the two left pots. Bush cucumbers in the two right pots. 
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Tomatoes in pots. I love this rock bed we built last year. And yes, that is a maple sapling. It started from seed in one of the raised beds last year. We left it all year and dug it up three weeks ago. It survived the transplant so I think we’ll be able to plant it in the yard next spring. Amazing.

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Bottom bed is the other new one this year. Top right are three varieties of carrots. The rest of the bed is filled with green beans. I staggered the planting so that we’d have a continuous supply over several weeks. The next bed (with the green fence) has strawberries, potatoes and cabbage. 
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Lots of strawberries coming soon! 
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This is my first year growing potatoes. They’re definitely doing well. 
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Cabbage is growing nicely too. 
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The greenhouse bed has four rows of peas on the right (staggered planting) and six new tomatoes plants. The tiny plants on the very right are basil that I started from seed. 
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Can’t wait for fresh peas! 
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This is the big tomato bed and originally was the only place I was going to put tomatoes. I started all of my tomatoes from seed this year. The greenhouse made a huge difference in having viable plants ready for planting and I just couldn’t throw them away. There is a row of garlic in the middle (bulbs from last year’s crop) and store bought basil on the outside of both long sides. 
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I bought two pumpkins from the Master Gardeners sale just for fun. No idea if they’ll grow in this spot, but they were only $2 so it’s a cheap experiment. 
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Tomatillos (from Garden Faire) in cages. In front is Hot ‘n Spicy oregano.  
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Squeeee! A wee tomatillo already! 
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Tomatillos from seed in the green cage. Various succulents in front. Wild geranium on bottom right. Chives in top center. 
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This is only part of the cilantro that came up from last year. I haven’t planted any this year.

 

Garden Tour—April 17, 2016

First mow of the year. N usually does this but he wasn’t feeling well so I tooled around the yard. the lawn doesn’t look too bad for mid-April. IMG_20160417_180920IMG_20160417_181014

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One of my new beds this year. Onions (top L), Brussels sprouts (top R), garlic (bottom L), broccoli (bottom R). 
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This is the first bed we ever built. Top are strawberries coming back. Middle is potatoes and a few onions. Bottom is cabbage.