Garden Tour—June 12, 2016

Time for another tour of the edibles in the garden. Everything is really growing well and we should be eating jalapenos and broccoli any day.

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Remember those itty bitty basil plants that I transplanted here? Time for caprese and pesto! 
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We’ve eaten a couple of meals off of here, but it continues to grow more. (Spring Blend) 
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Time for spinach. Think I’ll make garlic-kissed sautéd spinach like MK. Love that! 
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Another spring lettuce going strong. 
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I can’t believe how fast argula grows! 
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The pepper farm is getting big! 
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Can’t wait to try Swiss chard. We’ve never had it before. Anyone have a good recipes for it? 
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The bush cucumbers are starting to flower. 
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Jalapeno progress. 
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The poblano is growing too. 
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The first cajun bell pepper. This is another new variety for us. It’s supposed to be a spicy bell pepper. 
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I’m always amazed to see the growth of tomatoes at this time of year. They are literally taller every single day. 
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Can’t you almost taste it? This variety is called Fourth of July and I think it’s going to live up to its name. 
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A look from one end of the raised beds to the other. 
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I think this spot is too wet for the dill. 
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The pumpkins are starting to bloom. Not going to lie, I’m a little surprised that they’re doing so well. 
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This mixed bed is becoming one of my favorite. I love the succulents mixed in around the cilantro, chives, tomatillos and lemon thyme. 
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Hurry up tomatillos! I’m ready to make salsa. 
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I saw a package of four o’clocks at the store and remembered my grandma raising them. I decided I had to have them to hopefully pass this memory on to my kids. 
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I can’t remember the name of this succulent ground cover but the dainty yellow flowers are pretty. 
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The cilantro is going to see and since I hate the taste of it, I prefer this view. 😉 
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The weather is perfect for growing tomatoes! 
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The tomatoes in the raised bed are going strong too. The basil around the edges looks small, but we’ve been eating off it regularly. 
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More tomatoes. The peas are really irregular. 
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Pea blossoms! Hurry up already. 
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The cabbage is forming heads. Looks like I need to treat for cabbage moths. 
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The strawberries are so sweet this year. 
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The first planting of green beans are blossoming. It looks like I need to thin the carrots a little more. 
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Every time I see this bed, I’m disappointed about the garlic. 

 

 

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. 

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.