The garden is going well so far this year. Here are some pictures from the last week or two:
My foxglove have been spreading. And I have several white ones too. They are in front (as seen here) and along the moon garden portion of the old chicken shed. Here is my greens bed – kale, Asian greens, chard, and collards. There is some spinach that is starting to bolt, and I’m growing some salsify as well. My honeyberries are producing more. I need to put some kind of tarp down underneath. The berries are supposed to be ready when they just fall off the bushes (or you can shake them off). They are still a bit tart yet. My strawberries are doing well. The mint is overtaking some of the bed, so later this summer I will be pulling everything out and replanting just the best strawberry plants. My poppies all re-seeded, I can see them coming up everywhere. This bed will be full of them soon. Here are even more poppies. Here is half of my main garden. Things are growing well. I had a couple of zucchini plants not take, but I put like 12 in, so a few missing won’t matter so much. Here is the other half of the main garden. I put sticks up around this bed to keep the deer from jumping in this year. A way to inexpensively make my fence taller. We didn’t put the greenhouse fabric up this year, but I am still using it for planting. I put onions in, and some tomatoes. There are tons of ground cherries coming back from last year, and some wildflowers (daisies) and wild herbs (the giant Mullein on the left). I did combined-beds (companion planting) this year. This bed is onions and Chinese cabbage. I have several beds with 2 things interplanted, to help save space, but also the plants benefit each other. There are also marigolds in this bed. My nettles and Valerian came back in full force. We picked some nettles and froze them for eating when they were small. (They get too bitter once they get large). The Valerian flowers will smell really nice once they fully bloom.
Our garden is growing like crazy! Some vegetables are starting to ripen, and we’re eating lots of fresh stuff. We had a lot of lettuce, which I’ve been trying to pick before it bolts. We have had zucchinis galore! I’m growing three kinds this year, a regular green type, a yellow zucchini, and Zucchini Rampicante (a long type that curls). I’ve even just picked a couple of vine-ripened tomatoes! (Usually I’m waiting on some of those till later in the season). My garlic is almost ready, and we’re getting cabbage. Below you can see the photos of the garden:
Here is a picture down the path of our main garden. Here you can see one of my giant pumpkin plants. The fruit you see is the one I chose to grow large. Any others I will pick off so that one can grow giant. I have three giant pumpkin plants this year. My zucchini Rampicante plants against a trellis. These zucchini are so tasty that I am growing them again this year. They also turn into a winter squash if you leave them on the vine. (I usually don’t). Here is my zucchini bush patch. I have 6 plants here, three green zucchini and three yellow. They are starting to over-run us. I am freezing zucchini like mad and we are eating a lot of it too.
My husband next to my Mongolian Giant sunflower plant, first in Mid July and then just this past weekend. He is 5’10” for reference. The plant is still growing – supposed to get up to 14 feet tall. In the second pic you can see one of the curly zucchini in the foreground.
Two of my cabbage that I picked. They formed some nice heads. Here they are cleaned up. Not the hugest heads yet but I was super impressed. My first ripe tomato! It was a 3-tomato mass that had grown together. I couldn’t even pick it without breaking the stem, the three tried to come apart. My cabbages are doing fantastic. I have most of my brassicas together in the main garden this year, and I’ve been diligently spraying them with a “cabbage moth spray” I made to keep the stupid cabbage moths away. In my attempts at cabbage before I wasn’t even able to get heads, because the moth caterpillars ate them. So now, I make a spray by putting citrus (lemons or limes) and garlic into a jar, and fill it up with water. I let it soak for a week or so on the windowsill. I then strain it into a spray bottle (topping the bottle off with water if it’s not full). Then I spray every couple days or after rain. I make sure to spray a lot down into the middle where the heads are forming, I think the moths lay their eggs in there. They still do a little damage but they aren’t decimating the plants.
Here is my first sunflower to bloom in the main garden. It’s supposed to be more of a red variety. Here is a torch sunflower (Mexican sunflower). These are about 5-6 feet tall now. Here is a sunflower in my cottage garden. It’s not very big – the plant had broken, but then kept growing, so I think that is why it is stunted. I have poppies galore! I have two spots in the cottage garden where they re-seeded from last year, and then one spot I planted a mix of them. I’m hoping they continue to re-seed. I didn’t have any luck with poppies until last year.